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Course Guide: State and Local Government - Fall 2011: Home

Finding Books

Finding Articles

Local Government Case Law

Case Law Searching by Westlaw Key Number or Topic

Searching Westlaw by Key Number or topic is one of the quickest ways to find relevant case law on your issue in your specific jurisdiction without having to create a sophisticated boolean search string.

Key Numbers> Key Search> Government> Locate the topic of your choice

Locating Trial Court Documents in Westlaw

Directory> U.S. State Materials > Minnesota > Trial Court Documents > Minnesota Civil Trial Court Filings (MN-FILING)

Minnesota Legislation, Statutes, and Legislative History

Minnesota Administrative Rules and Executive Agencies

Counties, Cities, and Towns

Minnesota Counties

The law provides: Counties are governed by a board of commissioners and administrative officers elected by the people to four-year terms (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 375A)

Functions:  Counties are responsible for property tax assessment, tax administration, elections, record keeping, transportation, planning and zoning, solid waste management, environment, parks and water management, law enforcement, courts, and health and human services.

Minnesota Cities

The law provides:  Home-rule charter cities, operate under a local charter. Statutory cities, operate under the statutory city code (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 412).

Form of government:  Home-rule charter cities may establish any form of government they choose in their charters.  Statutory cities may choose a form of government from three alternatives: the mayor-council plan with either an elected clerk (standard plan), or an appointed clerk (plan A), or the council-manager plan (plan B).

Functions: Police and fire protection, street maintenance, sewer and water, parks and recreation are traditional city services. Cities may choose to provide utilities, sell liquor, operate a hospital, maintain an airport, and provide ambulance service, among other options.

Special Forms of Government: Metropolitan Council

The law provides: The council consists of one citizen member appointed by the governor from each of the 16 districts, and a chair. The chair and the council members serve at the pleasure of the governor. Council districts are reapportioned every ten years to provide districts of equal population.

Functions:  The metropolitan council coordinates the planning and development of the seven-county area. The council is authorized by state and federal legislation to plan for land use, transportation, sewers, parks and open space, airports, air and water quality, and housing (Minnesota Statutes, Section 473). The council operates regional services including wastewater treatment

City Codes and Charters

Zoning and Property Information

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