Advocacy Toolkit: Local Decision-Making Authority

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

What is 'preemption' legislation?
Past preemption legislation has been introduced in several policy areas and can take many forms. For example, bills introduced in the 2017-2018 session would have:

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

What can I as a city official do to help?

PASS a resolution and send it to your legislators. (See link to model resolution under "Advocacy Tools.")
Note: Send a copy of the resolution to the League at advocacy@lmc.org 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. (See list and map of cities that have passed the resolution under "What Are Cities Doing?")

Please contact the League at advocacy@lmc.org 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).