Complete 2021 Law Summaries: A Guide to the New Laws Affecting Cities

The publication includes laws relevant to cities from the 2021 regular and first special legislative sessions.

The Legislature sent 31 chapters of new law to Gov. Tim Walz during the regular 2021 legislative session, and 14 during the first special session. The League’s 2021 Law Summaries will help you understand how these new laws will affect cities. It also summarizes several bills that did not become law.

While the 2021 Law Summaries publication highlights relevant new laws, it is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice.

View the 2021 Law Summaries (pdf)

Variety of issues covered

This year’s new laws deal with a range of city-related issues related to taxes, pandemic fix to the Open Meeting Law, workers’ compensation, and public safety, as well as appropriations and policy changes to transportation, housing, broadband, environment, elections, and more. There are also several laws related to COVID-19 response including economic recovery, workforce training, childcare, and more. The “Did Not Become Law” section covers several bills that did not pass including the highly contested zoning/land use preemption bills.


If you have any questions about laws summarized in the 2021 Law Summaries, please contact a member of the League’s Intergovernmental Relations Department. The initials of the best staff member to contact for a particular law are listed at the end of each summary. You can find a key for the initials on page 3 of the 2021 Law Summaries.

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