2017 Law Summaries

The 2017 Legislature sent 99 chapters of new law to Gov. Dayton during the regular session, and eight additional chapters of law during a special session. The League’s 2017 Law Summaries will help you understand how these new laws will affect cities.

The publication has been updated to include both the local government aid (LGA) and the Small Cities Assistance Account distribution amounts in the appendix.

In addition to new laws that may impact city operations, the Law Summaries publication provides information on proposed legislation that didn’t survive the legislative process. The publication highlights relevant new laws, but is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice.

Some of the laws enacted this year that are relevant to cities include:

  • Bonding resources for water infrastructure, transportation, and housing.
  • Broadband funding.
  • Workforce housing tools.
  • Omnibus transportation funding, including an increase to the Municipal State Aid Streets Account and funding for the Small Cities Assistance Account.
  • Funding for replacement of elections equipment.
  • Several tax policy provisions and a $15 million permanent increase in local government aid.
  • Wastewater infrastructure investment protection and stormwater reuse provisions.

If you have any questions about new laws or legislation summarized in the 2017 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 2017 Law Summaries.

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