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New Law: Annexation changes become law

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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Legislation born out of the work of the Municipal Boundary Adjustment Advisory Task Force is now law.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth) and Sen. Rick Olseen (DFL-Harris), the new law, in part, states that joint resolutions for orderly annexation, consolidations and mergers of towns and municipalities should be encouraged.

“Even though most of the recommended changes may be technical in nature, some of those changes do have substantive impacts on boundary adjustment processes, and, more important, they reflect an ongoing commitment by task force members to find common ground through a mutual exchange of ideas,” according to the group’s interim report.

The task force is expected to have its final work completed by Jan. 15, 2009. The group was originally established by law in 2006. That law was amended in 2007 to extend its life and the group met last interim.

The law, signed April 17 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is effective the next day.


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