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Town Law Review - Presentation Materials

June 28, 2023

The Town Law Review was held June 14, 2023 by Minnesota Association of Townships.

Land Use Training 101 (Presentation Notes PDF) By Paul Reuvers, Partner; Iverson Reuvers.How to Properly Process Applications, Handle the Public Hearing, Create a Defensible Record, and Make Findings.

Employment Hot Topics (Presentation Notes PDF) By Susan Tindal, Partner; Iverson Reuvers. This presentation explored some of the hot topics in employment law this year. This included some legislation updates, recent rulings in hostile work environment and age discrimination cases, and reminders about hiring seasonal employees.

Data Practices Act: A Survival Guide (Presentation Notes PDF) By Josh Devaney; Associate; Kennedy Graven. The Data Practices Act (DPA) can feel like a labyrinth of conflicting rules all seemingly geared to a time when municipalities had a tiny portion of the data they have now. While the days of neatly organized files that could be readily produced are long gone, the requirements and, at times, tight deadlines of the DPA are not. Learn the basics of the DPA including data classification and responding to data requests, cover some of the more common statutes that you will want to know for determining data classification, and explore some of the more challenging issues municipalities face in complying with the DPA.

Drawing a Line in the Sand: Annexation and Strategies to Protect the Town’s Boundaries (Presentation Notes PDF) By Jason Hill, Shareholder; Kennedy Graven. While Town’s frequently have no ability to challenge annexation, this presentation focuses on options and strategies Towns can pursue to give themselves a chance to protect their boundaries on those occasions where they have the ability to do so.

Cannabis is Coming to Town and There Isn’t Much You Can Do About It (Presentation Notes PDF) By Troy Gilchrist, Shareholder; Kennedy Graven. This presentation provided an overview of the new law legalizing cannabis and discuss the limited role it carves out for local governments.