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HF 162

as introduced - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 01/20/2011 11:02am

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A bill for an act
relating to local government; authorizing political subdivisions to publish
proceedings, official notices, and summaries on their Web sites in lieu of
newspaper publication; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 331A.12.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 331A.12, is amended to read:


331A.12 WEB SITE PUBLICATION OF LOCAL TRANSPORTATION RFP.

Subdivision 1.

Definitions.

(a) The terms defined in this subdivision and section
331A.01 apply to this section.

(b) "Web site" means a specific, addressable location provided on a server connected
to the Internet and hosting World Wide Web pages and other files that are generally
accessible on the Internet all or most of the day.

Subd. 2.

Designation.

At the meeting of the governing body of the local public
corporation
political subdivision at which the governing body must designate its official
newspaper for the year, the governing body may designate in the same manner publication
of transportation projects, proceedings, official notices, and summaries on the local public
corporation's
political subdivision's Web site. Publication on the Web site may be used
in place of or in addition to any other required form of publication. Each year after
designating publication on the Web site for transportation projects, proceedings, official
notices, and summaries,
the local public corporation political subdivision must publish in
a qualified newspaper in the jurisdiction and on the Web site, notice that the local public
corporation
political subdivision will publish any advertisements for bids, proceedings,
official notices, and summaries
on its Web site.

Subd. 3.

Form, time for publication same.

A local public corporation political
subdivision
that publishes on its Web site under this section must post the information in
substantially the same format and for the same period of time as required for publication
in an official newspaper or other print publication.

Subd. 4.

Record retention.

A local public corporation political subdivision that
publishes notice on its Web site under this section must ensure that a permanent record of
publication is maintained in a form accessible by the public.

Subd. 5.

Print copies.

When a political subdivision publishes exclusively on the
Web site, it must also make print copies of all published documents available at the main
office of the political subdivision, any other government offices designated by the political
subdivision, all public libraries within the jurisdiction, and by mail upon request.

Subd. 6.

Newspaper notice of Web site publication.

Each year after designating
alternative publication on the Web site, the political subdivision must publish in a qualified
newspaper in the jurisdiction and on the Web site, notice of the alternative means of
publication.

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