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Urban Studies Planning Law: Minnesota Law

Minnesota Statuatory Law

Like the Federal Government, the passed legislation is compiled in session laws and then codified in a publication Minnesota Statutes.

Sections of Minnesota Statutes that may be useful for planners:

114C - 116I ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

116J - 116O ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING

117 EMINENT DOMAIN

160 - 174A TRANSPORTATION

365 - 368 TOWNS

370 - 403 COUNTIES, COUNTY OFFICERS, REGIONAL AUTHORITIES

410 - 414 CITIES, ORGANIZATION

415 - 418 CITIES, GENERAL GOVERNMENT

419 - 425 MUNICIPAL PERSONNEL, RETIREMENT

426 - 435 MUNICIPAL FINANCE, TAXATION, SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS

436 - 439 MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SAFETY

440 - 446A MUNICIPAL PUBLIC WORKS

447 - 450 MUNICIPAL WELFARE, RECREATION

451 - 459 LOCAL PUBLIC UTILITIES, ENTERPRISES

460 - 463 LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLICE POWERS

465 - 466 POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, GENERAL PROVISIONS

466A - 470 LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

471 - 472B MUNICIPALITIES

473 - 473J METROPOLITAN AREA

474 - 477A PUBLIC DEBT; LOCAL GOVERNMENT AID

500 - 515B PROPERTY AND PROPERTY INTERESTS

Minnesota Administrative Law

Minnesota Case Law

Minnesota case law is available in Nexis Uni. Minnesota Supreme Court cases are available from 1861. Minnesota Appeals Court cases are available from 1983.

Understanding Minnesota Legal Citations

Minnesota Secondary Sources

Federal, State, & Local Government Laws

Kinds of Law
Category of Law Federal State Local
Basic Law U.S. Constitution  Minnesota Constitution Mankato City Charter
Statutory Law
proposed Bills in the U.S. Congress 

Bills in the Minnesota Legislature

* work with Indian Affairs Council on topics affecting tribal sovereignty

Mankato City Council Minutes
Blue Earth County Board Meeting Minutes
as written when passed Public Laws Statutes at Large Minnesota Session Laws (includes temporary laws) Mankato Code of Ordinances
Blue Earth County Code of Ordinances not Codified
codified United States Code Minnesota Statutes Mankato City Code
Blue Earth County Code of Ordinances
Regulatory and Administrative Law (used by agencies & departments)
proposed rules, notification of new rules Federal Register Minnesota State Register  
codified Code of Federal Regulations Minnesota Administrative Rules  
Case Law       Covered More in RPLS 483
Most Cases
  (Federal & State)

Nexis Uni:  Cases 

Mankato Administrative Hearing/Review of Public Advisory Committee
Blue Earth County Board of Adjustment (land-use regulation)
Highest Court U.S. Supreme Court opinions Minnesota Supreme Court opinions  
Appellate (appeals) Courts U.S. Appellate Court opinions Minnesota Appellate Court opinions  
Local Courts U.S. District/Special Court opinions Minnesota District (Trial) Court Records Blue Earth County District Court

Modified from: University Library: California State University Stanislaus

Comparison of Federal, State, & Local Government

Super Brief Comparison of Federal, State, and Local Government Tasks
Federal Government State Government (using MN as example) Shared-Federal & State Governments Local (i.e. city & county) government
Make laws necessary to enforce the US Constitution Exercise powers neither delegated to the national government or prohibited from the states by the U.S. Make and enforce laws Make and enforce codes & ordinances, help enforce state & federal laws
US Supreme Court State Supreme District Courts US District Courts County Courts
Regulate interstate commerce and international trade Regulate intrastate commerce   Regulate commerce with a city or county
  Conduct elections (shared with local)   Conduct elections (shared with state)
Create and collect federal taxes Create and collect state taxes   Create and collect local taxes (e.g. property tax)
      Zoning & Planning
Regulate public lands including national parks, forests, and wilderness areas Regulate public lands including state parks, forests, and wilderness areas   Regulate public lands including city and county parks and recreation areas

Modified from Explaining Federal, State and Local Government Responsibilities in Virginia

Authority for DNR Policymaking

Diagram of DNR policymaking

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