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Browse through a collection of more than 100 articles and model forms in the MCIT Resource Library. Use the search tools to the left to narrow in on the appropriate resource.
28 Articles found | Legal and Governance
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When making board decisions related to land use, they generally fall into one of two categories: quasi-judicial decision maker or policymaker. Failing to appreciate the differences in the two roles may create issues and potential litigation for a county and its commissioners.
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To encourage local government units to consider in a timely manner written requests relating to zoning, septic systems and other specific issues, Minnesota Statutes, Section 15.99 requires a county to approve or deny requests within 60 days. Failure to approve or deny within 60 days results in automatic approval. This is known as the 60-day rule. Article provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about the 60-day rule.
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This resource provides a starting point for the discussion about procedures and requirements public entities should have regarding public hearings, including what notice must be given, what procedural rules are needed, and other laws that may affect the other issues.
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Local officials are generally prohibited from receiving gifts. However questions arise regarding who is defined as a local official and what constitutes a gift. A review of Minnesota statutes provides guidance on this issue.
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The attorney-client privilege may be waived by sharing protected information or documents with an individual outside of the attorney-client relationship. If this privilege is waived either intentionally or unintentionally, the documents and conversations may have to be produced to a requesting party, which could be opposing counsel.
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Public entities must ensure website accessibility and social media accessibility to everyone, including individuals with disabilities, for their sites—both state and federal law require it.
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Government entities provide services for a wide array of individuals. Accessibility has been and continues to be a goal for all entities. This begins with parking lots. Accessibility Standards have been changing over the past several years. The Minnesota Council on Disability has prepared this quick reference guide to help you ensure that your parking is accessible to all [who visit your facilities] and employees.
When public entities enter into agreements for sharing employees and/or contracting employment services with another government entity, including joint powers entities, several benefits and risks of sharing employees should be identified and decisions made to manage those risks.
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Although private employers may fire employees for certain speech, public employers cannot so easily. Public employers must ensure that their actions do not infringe on their employees’ First Amendment rights, including rights of association and free speech. Public employees have constitutional rights to engage in information sharing, questioning, providing answers and to associate with one candidate. That right, however, is not without limitations.