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Vetoed: No park board purchases

Published (4/25/2008)
By Brian Hogenson
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A bill that would have allowed park district boards to purchase land within a city’s borders was vetoed April 17 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Sponsored by Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) and Sen. Dan Larson (DFL-Bloomington), the bill would have allowed a park district board to buy land within a city’s boundaries without a city council resolution in support of the purchase, if the purchase is in accordance with the city’s adopted comprehensive plan.

In his veto message, Pawlenty noted his support of the existing law governing property purchases within a city.

“Existing law provides local governments an opportunity to review and vote on a park district board’s acquisition of real property within a city,” Pawlenty wrote. “This requirement maximizes local input over land issues that directly impact land within the city.”


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