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3.987 LOCAL IMPACT NOTES FOR STATE-MANDATED ACTIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Local impact notes. The commissioner of finance shall coordinate the
development of a local impact note for any proposed legislation introduced after June 30,
1997, or any rule proposed after December 31, 1999, upon request of the chair or the ranking
minority member of either legislative Tax Committee. Upon receipt of a request to prepare a
local impact note, the commissioner must notify the authors of the proposed legislation or, for
an administrative rule, the head of the relevant executive agency or department, that the request
has been made. The local impact note must be made available to the public upon request. If the
action is among the exceptions listed in section 3.988, a local impact note need not be requested
nor prepared. The commissioner shall make a reasonable and timely estimate of the local fiscal
impact on each type of political subdivision that would result from the proposed legislation.
The commissioner of finance may require any political subdivision or the commissioner of an
administrative agency of the state to supply in a timely manner any information determined
to be necessary to determine local fiscal impact. The political subdivision, its representative
association, or commissioner shall convey the requested information to the commissioner of
finance with a signed statement to the effect that the information is accurate and complete to the
best of its ability. The political subdivision, its representative association, or commissioner,
when requested, shall update its determination of local fiscal impact based on actual cost or
revenue figures, improved estimates, or both. Upon completion of the note, the commissioner
must provide a copy to the authors of the proposed legislation or, for an administrative rule, to the
head of the relevant executive agency or department.
    Subd. 2. Mandate explanations. Before a committee hearing on a bill that seeks to impose
program or financial mandates on political subdivisions, the chair or ranking minority member
of the committee may request that the author must provide the committee with a note that gives
appropriate responses to the following guidelines. The note must state and list:
(1) the policy goals that are sought to be attained and any performance standards that are to
be imposed on political subdivisions;
(2) any performance standards that will allow political subdivisions flexibility and innovation
of method in achieving those goals;
(3) the process by which each standard governs input such as staffing and other administrative
aspects of the program;
(4) the sources of additional revenue, in addition to existing funding for similar programs,
that are directly linked to imposition of the mandates that will provide adequate and stable
funding for their requirements;
(5) the reasons why financial incentives or voluntary compliance would not yield the equity,
efficiency, or desired level of statewide uniformity in the proposed program;
(6) what input has been obtained to ensure that the implementing agencies have the capacity
to carry out the delegated responsibilities; and
(7) the efforts put forth, if any, to involve political subdivisions in the creation or
development of the proposed mandate.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1998 c 389 art 16 s 36]
    Subd. 4. No mandate restriction. Except as specifically provided by this article, nothing in
this article restricts or eliminates the authority of the state to create or impose programs by law
upon political subdivisions.
History: 1997 c 231 art 11 s 2; 1998 c 300 art 3 s 1; 1998 c 389 art 16 s 3,4; 1999 c 243
art 16 s 2