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HF 1213

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/18/2021 03:25pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to local government; adjusting local government aid payments to cities
discontinuing operation of municipal liquor stores; permitting cities to continue
operation of municipal liquor stores with certain conditions; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 477A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [477A.0135] AID INCREASE FOR DISCONTINUING OPERATION OF
A MUNICIPAL LIQUOR STORE.
new text end

new text begin (a) If a city that owns and operates a municipal liquor store under chapter 340A
discontinues operation of the store as provided in paragraph (b), the city is eligible for an
increase in aid as provided in this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) On its own motion, or following an election under section 2, the governing body of
the city must adopt a resolution to discontinue operation of the municipal liquor store. A
city has up to three years following adoption of the resolution to cease operations and close
the store. Upon closure of the municipal liquor store, the city must report the information
required in paragraph (c) to the commissioner by January 15 of the year following the year
in which the store closed.
new text end

new text begin (c) The city must report the annual net gain or loss prior to interfund transfer of the
municipal liquor store's operation for each of the three years the city operated the store
before its closure. The commissioner shall increase the aid paid to the city under section
477A.014 from the amount certified to the city under section 477A.013 in the year following
the year in which the store closed.
new text end

new text begin (d) The increase is equal to the average net gain reported by the city in paragraph (c),
but the increase in aid under this section may not be less than $50,000. In the event the
report of the operations of a municipal liquor store has shown a net loss, the increase is
$50,000.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for aids payable in calendar year 2022
and thereafter and applies to cities that established a municipal liquor store before January
1, 2021.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginEXISTING MUNICIPAL LIQUOR STORES; CONTINUING OPERATION.
new text end

new text begin A city that established a municipal liquor store before January 1, 2021, and is currently
operating a municipal liquor store under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 340A, may continue
to operate the municipal liquor store if: (1) the city submits the question "Shall the city
continue to operate its municipal liquor store?" to the voters of the city at the 2022 general
election; and (2) a majority of the voters voting on the question at the election vote in the
affirmative on the question. At least three months before the election, the city must provide
written notice and state the question to be submitted to voters. Written notice may be provided
by mail or publication on the city's website or in the city's official newspaper and must
notify voters of Minnesota Statutes, section 477A.0135.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text beginMORATORIUM.
new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a city may not establish a municipal liquor
store under Minnesota Statutes, section 340A.601, after the effective date of this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end