as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/18/2019 01:39pm
A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; clarifying prohibition on changing name of state
water that has existed for 40 years; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 83A.05, is amended to read:
A name of a lake, river, stream, or other body of water
may be given or changed new text beginnew text endunder sections 83A.05 to 83A.07 except that a name deleted text beginwhichdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end has existed for 40 years may not be changed under the provisions of deleted text beginsections 83A.05
to 83A.07deleted text endnew text beginnew text end.
(a) deleted text beginFifteendeleted text endnew text beginnew text end or
more legal voters residing in a county where all or a part of a body of water is located may
petition the county board of the county where the petitioners reside or the body of water is
located to change the name of or give a name to a previously unnamed lake, river, stream,
or other body of water located within the state.
(b) The petition may include any number of lakes, rivers, streams, or other bodies of
water to have names changeddeleted text begin,deleted text end ornew text beginnew text end if unnamednew text beginnew text end to be given a name by the county board.
(c) The petition must describe:
(1) the location of the body of water;
(2) the name, if any, that the body of water has been referred to or known bydeleted text begin,deleted text end ornew text beginnew text end if there
is not a name, it must be stated that a known name does not exist;
(3) the name that the petitioners desire to be given to the body of water; and
(4) the reason for the change of name or for giving the designated name to a previously
unnamed body of water.
(d) The petitioners must sign their names and state their place of residence.
(e) The petition must be filed with the auditor of the county where the petitioners reside
or the body of water is located.
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