Advocacy Toolkit: Local Decision-Making Authority

The League of Minnesota Cities has drafted a model resolution for city councils concerned about the proliferation of 2017 legislative initiatives aimed at restricting local decision-making authority. This legislation undermines Minnesota’s robust city-state partnership.

Current legislation
A significant number of bills are advancing in the House and Senate right now that interfere with local decision-making authority in several policy areas.

Proposed legislation, for example, would have the effect of:

  • Constraining local law enforcement authority.
  • Restricting a city’s ability to set local ordinances.
  • Allowing certain businesses unfettered access to public rights of way while eliminating a city’s ability to manage them.
  • Restricting a city’s ability to use allowed fee structures.
  • Reducing local government aid (LGA) based on factors with no relation to the statutory LGA formula.
  • Restricting a city’s ability to study a light rail transit project.

View list of 2017 bills restricting local control (pdf)
View letter to legislators regarding bills restricting local authority (pdf)

What can I as a city official do to help?

PASS a resolution and send it to your legislators.
Note: Send a copy of the resolution to the League at so we can keep track of how many cities have passed the resolution.

The resolution supports local decision-making authority and opposes legislation that removes the ability for local elected officials to respond to the needs of their businesses and constituents. It can be customized for individual cities and should be shared with local legislators upon adoption.

Please contact the League at to let us know that you've passed a resolution or talked to your legislator (or if we can help you with your advocacy efforts).