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New Law: Law defines political subdivision

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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Political subdivisions are now more clearly defined to allow more consistency in the state auditor’s oversight role.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a new law April 17 that, according to Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center), removes archaic language in state law relating to the role of the state auditor.

Sponsored by Hilstrom and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan), the law defines political subdivision to mean “a county, home rule charter or statutory city, town, school district, metropolitan or regional agency, public corporation, political subdivision or special district.”

It also removes from the political subdivision definition metropolitan or regional agencies audited by the legislative auditor, including the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and Metropolitan Mosquito Control Commission.

The law takes effect Aug. 1, 2008.


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