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New Law: Memorial Day observances

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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The county expenditure limit for Memorial Day observances has been increased.

Sponsored by Rep. Laura Brod (R-New Prague) and Sen. Jim Vickerman (DFL-Tracy), a new law will increase the amount a county board is authorized to spend on a Memorial Day observance to $3,500. It is the first increase since the amount was increased from $1,500 to $2,000 in 1984.

The law also increases from $100 to $300 the amount a county board may appropriate to each post of a recognized military service organization or society to help pay for Memorial Day exercises the first increase since 1979.

Signed April 17 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the law amends existing statutes dating back to 1911 and 1921, respectively. Prior to those statutes taking effect, counties were not authorized to appropriate funds for Memorial Day exercises.

The new law takes effect July 1, 2008.


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