Lobbying Priorities 2019

Top Priority

Secure adequate funding for the courts, public defenders and civil legal services. 

Additional Priorities

These five priorities are of equal importance. 

1. Support (1) an amendment to Minn. Stat. §273.124 to provide that agricultural land owned by trusts created by spouses for estate planning purposes will receive the same property tax classification that it would receive if the spouses owned the land directly, and (2) revisions to Minn. Stat. §291.03 to treat small business and family farm property that is owned between spouses as “qualified small business property” or “qualified farm property,” respectively, that is exempt up to a certain value from the Minnesota estate tax; 

2. Support revisions to Minn. Stat. §271.01, subd. 1 to simplify service requirements for property tax petitions;

3. Support legislation to clarify that original jurisdiction over all public procurement protests rests with the district courts.

4. Secure funding by the State of Minnesota for student loan repayment assistance for lawyers who commit to private practice serving residents of rural areas.

5. Support a civil right to appointed counsel in public housing eviction actions alleging breach of lease.