1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/15/2019 08:55am
A bill for an act
relating to local government; including service cooperatives and charter schools
in the definition of governmental units for purposes of joint powers; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 471.59, subdivision 1.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 471.59, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endTwo or more governmental units, by agreement entered
into through action of their governing bodies, may jointly or cooperatively exercise any
power common to the contracting parties or any similar powers, including those which are
the same except for the territorial limits within which they may be exercised. The agreement
may provide for the exercise of such powers by one or more of the participating governmental
units on behalf of the other participating units.
new text beginnew text end The term "governmental unit" as used in this section includes every city, county,
town, school district, new text beginnew text end independent nonprofit firefighting corporation, other political subdivision of
this or another state, another state, federally recognized Indian tribe, the University of
Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, nonprofit hospitals licensed under sections
144.50 to 144.56, rehabilitation facilities and extended employment providers that are
certified by the commissioner of employment and economic development, day and supported
employment services licensed under chapter 245D, and any agency of the state of Minnesota
or the United States, and includes any instrumentality of a governmental unit. For the purpose
of this section, an instrumentality of a governmental unit means an instrumentality having
independent policy-making and appropriating authority.