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.
2017 Proposed legislation
A significant number of bills were moving through the state House and Senate during the 2017 legislative session that interfered with local decision-making authority in several policy areas. Many of these bills remain viable and could be acted upon in the 2018 session, which will begin on Feb. 20.
Proposed legislation in 2017, for example, would have had the effect of:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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).