Bemidji City Council to hear legislative session report from Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities

BEMIDJI — Tonight's Bemidji City Council meeting will include a report from a Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities representative on the group’s lobbying efforts during the state’s last legislative session.

Bemidji is one of over 100 Minnesota cities outside of the Twin Cities area that is a part of the organization, which works to lobby the state legislature on issues from property tax to economic development.

The report during tonight’s session is a part of the coalition’s annual visit to Bemidji and will provide an overview of how the action and inaction during the state’s legislative session impact the city.

The legislative session ended with a number of bills and initiatives advocated by the coalition failing to pass, including an effort to increase local government aid and a bonding bill that would have included money for a wide variety of infrastructure.

Along with the lack of action taken by the state legislature, the coalition’s report will also cover opportunities for next year and how it hopes to lobby for more success.

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Also on the city council’s agenda is a public hearing on an ordinance that would change the city code’s chapter on animals to better align with state statutes. The ordinance would also move postings for found animals to the social media pages of the Bemidji Police Department.

The city council meeting is set for 6 p.m. tonight, Aug. 1, at City Hall. The meeting can also be viewed on the city's website, www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.


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