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                            CHAPTER 182-H.F.No. 2270 
                  An act relating to official publications; changing 
                  provisions for publication of public notices in 
                  newspapers; requiring a report; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 2002, sections 279.09; 279.092; 331A.01, 
                  subdivisions 2, 3, 6, 9, 10; 331A.02, subdivisions 1, 
                  3, 4, by adding a subdivision; 331A.03, subdivision 1, 
                  by adding a subdivision; 331A.04, as amended; 331A.05, 
                  subdivisions 3, 4, 5, 7, by adding a subdivision; 
                  331A.06, subdivision 3, by adding a subdivision; 
                  331A.07; 331A.08, by adding a subdivision; 331A.09; 
                  331A.10, subdivision 1; 331A.11, subdivisions 1, 2; 
                  375.12, subdivision 2; 375.17, subdivision 1; 412.191, 
                  subdivision 3; 471.698, subdivision 1; repealing 
                  Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 331A.01, subdivision 
                  5; 331A.02, subdivision 2. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 279.09, is 
        amended to read: 
           279.09 [PUBLICATION OF NOTICE AND LIST.] 
           The county auditor shall cause the notice and list of 
        delinquent real property to be published once in each of two 
        consecutive weeks in the newspaper designated, the first 
        publication of which shall be made on or before March 20 
        immediately following the filing of such list with the court 
        administrator of the district court, and the second not less 
        than two weeks later.  The auditor county shall deliver such 
        the list to the publisher of the newspaper designated, at least 
        20 ten days before the date upon which the list shall is to be 
        published for the first time.  Not less than five days before 
        the second publication, the county shall submit a revised list 
        to the newspaper.  A taxpayer who has paid delinquent taxes 
        since the first publication must be removed by the county from 
        the second publication. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 279.092, is 
        amended to read: 
           279.092 [PUBLICATION AND RELATED COSTS.] 
           The county auditor shall assess a service fee of the 
        greater of (a) $10.00, or (b) the amount determined by the 
        county board as reasonably necessary to recover all costs 
        incurred, against each parcel included in the delinquent tax 
        list filed pursuant to section 279.05.  The unpaid fees shall 
        constitute a lien against the property in the manner provided in 
        section 272.31 for unpaid taxes.  When the fee is collected, the 
        general revenue fund of the county shall be credited to defray 
        costs incurred by the county auditor and the court administrator 
        of district court to prepare and publish the delinquent tax list 
        and to enter judgment if no answer is filed.  
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [KNOWN OFFICE OF ISSUE.] "Known office of issue" 
        means the newspaper's principal office maintained by the 
        publisher or managing officer during a newspaper's regular 
        business hours to gather news and sell advertisements and 
        subscriptions, whether or not printing or any other operations 
        of the newspaper are conducted at or from the office, and 
        devoted primarily to business related to the newspaper devoted 
        primarily to business related to the newspaper, whether or not 
        printing or any other operations of the newspaper are conducted 
        at or from the office.  A newspaper may have only one known 
        office of issue. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [LOCAL PUBLIC CORPORATION POLITICAL SUBDIVISION.] 
        "Local public corporation" "Political subdivision" means a 
        county, municipality, school district, or any other local 
        political subdivision or local or area district, commission, 
        board, or authority.  
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [PROCEEDINGS.] "Proceedings" means the substance 
        of all official actions taken by the governing body of a local 
        public corporation political subdivision at any regular or 
        special meeting, and at minimum includes the subject matter of a 
        motion, the persons making and seconding a motion, the roll call 
        vote on a motion, the character of resolutions or ordinances 
        offered, including a brief description of their subject matter, 
        and whether defeated or adopted.  
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 9, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 9.  [SECONDARY OFFICE.] "Secondary office" means an 
        office established by a newspaper in a community other than that 
        in which its known office of issue is located, in the same or an 
        adjoining county, to enhance its coverage of and service to that 
        community, open on a regular basis to gather news and sell 
        advertisements and subscriptions, whether or not printing or any 
        other operations of the newspaper are conducted at or from the 
        office, and devoted primarily to business related to the 
        newspaper.  
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 10, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 10.  [SUMMARY.] "Summary" means an accurate and 
        intelligible abstract or synopsis of the essential elements of 
        proceedings, ordinances, resolutions, financial statements, and 
        other official actions.  It shall be written in a clear and 
        coherent manner, and shall, to the extent possible, avoid the 
        use of technical or legal terms not generally familiar to the 
        public.  When a summary is published, the publication shall 
        clearly indicate that the published material is only a summary 
        and that the full text is available for public inspection at a 
        designated location or by standard or electronic mail.  A 
        summary published in conformity with this section shall be 
        deemed to fulfill all legal publication requirements as 
        completely as if the entire matter which was summarized had been 
        published.  No liability shall be asserted against the local 
        public corporation a political subdivision in connection with 
        the publication of a summary or agenda.  
           Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.02, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [QUALIFICATION.] No newspaper in this state 
        shall be entitled to any compensation or fee for publishing any 
        public notice unless it is a qualified as a medium of official 
        and legal publication newspaper.  A newspaper that is not 
        qualified must inform a public body that presents a public 
        notice for publication that it is not qualified.  To be 
        qualified as a medium of official and legal publication, a 
        newspaper shall:  
           (a) be printed in the English language in newspaper format 
        and in column and sheet form equivalent in printed space to at 
        least 1,000 square inches, or 800 square inches if the local 
        public corporation political subdivision the newspaper purports 
        to serve has a population of under 1,300 and the newspaper does 
        not receive a public subsidy; 
           (b) if a daily, be distributed at least five days each 
        week, or.  If not a daily, the newspaper may be distributed at 
        least once each week, twice a month for 50 weeks each year with 
        respect to the publishing of government public notices.  In any 
        week in which a legal holiday is included, not more than four 
        issues of a daily paper are necessary; 
           (c) in at least half of its issues each year, have no more 
        than 75 percent of its printed space comprised of advertising 
        material and paid public notices.  In all of its issues each 
        year, have 25 percent, if published more often than weekly, or 
        50 percent, if weekly, of its news columns devoted to news of 
        local interest to the community which it purports to serve.  Not 
        more than 25 percent of its total nonadvertising column inches 
        in any issue may wholly duplicate any other publication unless 
        the duplicated material is from recognized general news 
        services; 
           (d) be circulated in the local public corporation political 
        subdivision which it purports to serve, and either have at least 
        500 copies regularly delivered to paying subscribers, or 250 
        copies delivered to paying subscribers if the local public 
        corporation political subdivision it purports to serve has a 
        population of under 1,300, or have at least 500 copies regularly 
        distributed without charge to local residents, or 250 copies 
        distributed without charge to local residents if the local 
        public corporation political subdivision it purports to serve 
        has a population of under 1,300; 
           (e) have its known office of issue established in either 
        the county in which lies, in whole or in part, the local public 
        corporation political subdivision which the newspaper purports 
        to serve, or in an adjoining county; 
           (f) file a copy of each issue immediately with the State 
        Historical Society; 
           (g) be made available at single or subscription prices to 
        any person, corporation, partnership, or other unincorporated 
        association entity requesting the newspaper and making the 
        applicable payment, or be distributed without charge to local 
        residents; 
           (h) have complied with all the foregoing conditions of this 
        subdivision for at least one year immediately preceding the date 
        of the notice publication; 
           (i) between September 1 and December 31 of each year 
        publish a sworn United States Post Office periodicals-class 
        statement of ownership and circulation or a statement of 
        ownership and circulation verified by a recognized independent 
        circulation auditing agency covering a period of at least one 
        year ending no earlier than the June 30 preceding the 
        publication deadline.  When publication occurs after December 31 
        and before July 1, qualification shall be effective from the 
        date of the filing described in paragraph (j) through December 
        31 of that year; and 
           (j) after publication, submit to the secretary of state by 
        December 31 a filing containing the newspaper's name, address of 
        its known office of issue, telephone number, and a statement 
        that it has complied with all of the requirements of this 
        section.  The filing must be accompanied by a fee of $25.  The 
        secretary of state shall make available for public inspection a 
        list of newspapers that have filed.  Acceptance of a filing does 
        not constitute a guarantee by the state that any other 
        qualification has been met. 
           Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.02, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [PUBLICATION; SUSPENSION; CHANGES.] The following 
        circumstances shall not affect the qualification of a newspaper, 
        invalidate an otherwise valid publication, or invalidate a 
        designation as official newspaper for publication of county 
        board proceedings. 
           (a) Suspension of publication for a period of not more than 
        three consecutive months resulting from the destruction of its 
        known office of issue, equipment, or other facility by the 
        elements, unforeseen accident, or acts of God or by reason of a 
        labor dispute. 
           (b) The consolidation of one newspaper with another 
        published in the same county, or a change in its name or 
        ownership, or a temporary change in its known office of issue.  
           (c) Change of the day of publication, the frequency of 
        publication, or the change of the known office of issue from one 
        place to another within the same county.  Except as provided in 
        this subdivision, suspension of publication, or a change of 
        known office of issue from one county to another, or failure to 
        maintain its known office of issue in the county, shall deprive 
        a newspaper of its standing as a medium of official and legal 
        publication qualified newspaper until the newspaper it again 
        becomes qualified pursuant to subdivision 1.  
           Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.02, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [DECLARATORY JUDGMENT OF LEGALITY.] Any A person 
        interested in the standing as a medium of official and legal 
        publication of a newspaper, newspaper's qualification under this 
        section may petition the district court in the county in which 
        the newspaper has its known office of issue for a declaratory 
        judgment to determine whether the newspaper is qualified as a 
        medium of official and legal publication.  Unless filed by the 
        publisher, the petition and summons shall be served on the 
        publisher as in other civil actions.  Service in other cases 
        shall be made by publication of the petition and summons once 
        each week for three successive weeks in the newspaper or 
        newspapers the court may order and upon the persons as the court 
        may direct.  Publications made in a newspaper after a judgment 
        that it is qualified but before the judgment is vacated or set 
        aside shall be valid.  Except as provided in this subdivision, 
        the Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act and the Rules of Civil 
        Procedure shall apply to the action.  
           Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.02, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [POSTING NOTICES ON WEB SITE.] If, in the normal 
        course of its business, a qualified newspaper maintains a Web 
        site, then as a condition of accepting and publishing public 
        notices, the newspaper must agree to post all the notices on its 
        Web site at no additional cost.  The notice must remain on the 
        Web site during the notice's full publication period.  Failure 
        to post or maintain a public notice on the newspaper's Web site 
        does not affect the validity of the public notice. 
           Sec. 12.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.03, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [GENERALLY.] Except as provided in 
        subdivision 2, a public notice shall be published in a qualified 
        newspaper, and except as otherwise provided by law, in one that 
        is likely to give notice in the affected area or to whom it is 
        directed.  When a statute or other law requires publication in a 
        newspaper located in a designated municipality political 
        subdivision or area and no qualified newspaper is located there, 
        publication shall be made in a qualified newspaper likely to 
        give notice unless the particular statute or law expressly 
        provides otherwise.  If no qualified newspaper exists, then 
        publication is not required.  
           Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.03, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [ALTERNATIVE DISSEMINATION OF BIDS AND 
        REQUESTS.] (a) In addition to or as an alternative to the 
        statutory requirements for newspaper publication, a political 
        subdivision may disseminate solicitations of bids, requests for 
        information, and requests for proposals by a means authorized in 
        paragraph (b), if the political subdivision simultaneously 
        publishes, either as part of the minutes of a regular meeting of 
        the governing body or in a separate notice published in the 
        official newspaper, a description of all solicitations or 
        requests so disseminated, along with the means by which the 
        dissemination occurred. 
           (b) A political subdivision may use its Web site or 
        recognized industry trade journals as an alternative means of 
        dissemination.  A dissemination by alternative means must be in 
        substantially the same format and for the same period of time as 
        a publication required by this chapter. 
           (c) For the first six months after a political subdivision 
        designates an alternative means of dissemination, it must 
        continue to publish solicitation of bids, requests for 
        information, and requests for proposals in the official 
        newspaper in addition to the alternative method.  The 
        publication in the official newspaper must indicate where to 
        find the designated alternative method.  After the expiration of 
        the six-month period, an alternative means of dissemination 
        satisfies the publication requirements of law for solicitation 
        of bids, requests for information, and requests for proposals. 
           Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.04, as 
        amended by Laws 2003, chapter 59, section 1, is amended to read: 
           331A.04 [DESIGNATION OF A NEWSPAPER FOR OFFICIAL 
        PUBLICATIONS.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [PRIORITY.] The governing body of any local 
        public corporation a political subdivision, when authorized or 
        required by statute or charter to designate a newspaper for 
        publication of its official proceedings and public notices, 
        shall designate a qualified newspaper which is a qualified 
        medium of official and legal publication in the following 
        priority. 
           Subd. 2.  [KNOWN OFFICE IN LOCALITY.] If there are one or 
        more qualified newspapers, the known office of issue of which 
        are located within the local public corporation political 
        subdivision, one of them shall be designated. 
           Subd. 3.  [SECONDARY OFFICE IN LOCALITY.] When no qualified 
        newspaper has a known office of issue located in the local 
        public corporation political subdivision, but one or more 
        qualified newspapers maintain a secondary office there, one of 
        them shall be designated. 
           Subd. 4.  [GENERAL CIRCULATION IN LOCALITY.] When no 
        qualified newspaper has its known office of issue or a secondary 
        office located within the local public corporation political 
        subdivision, then a qualified newspaper of general circulation 
        there shall be designated. 
           Subd. 5.  [OTHER SITUATIONS.] If a local public corporation 
        political subdivision is without an official newspaper, or if 
        the publisher refuses to publish a particular public notice, 
        matters required to be published shall be published in a 
        newspaper designated as provided in subdivision 4.  The 
        governing body of a local public corporation political 
        subdivision with territory in two or more counties may, if 
        deemed in the public interest, designate a separate qualified 
        newspaper for each county.  
           Subd. 6.  [EXCEPTION TO DESIGNATION PRIORITY.] (a) 
        Notwithstanding subdivisions 1 to 3, the governing body of a 
        local public corporation political subdivision may designate any 
        newspaper for publication of its official proceedings and public 
        notices, if the following conditions are met: 
           (1) the newspaper is a qualified medium of official and 
        legal publication; 
           (2) the publisher of the newspaper furnishes a sworn 
        statement, verified by a recognized independent circulation 
        auditing agency, covering a period of at least one year ending 
        no earlier than 60 days before designation of the newspaper, 
        stating that the newspaper's circulation reaches not fewer than 
        75 percent of the households within the public corporation 
        political subdivision; 
           (3) the newspaper has provided regular coverage of the 
        proceedings of the governing body of the local public 
        corporation political subdivision and will continue to do so; 
        and 
           (4) the governing body votes unanimously to designate the 
        newspaper. 
           (b) If the circulation of a newspaper designated under this 
        subdivision falls below 75 percent of the households within the 
        public local corporation political subdivision at any time 
        within the term of its designation as official newspaper, its 
        qualification to publish public notices for the local public 
        corporation political subdivision terminates. 
           Subd. 7.  [JOINT BIDDING.] A bid submitted jointly by two 
        or more newspapers for the publication of public notices must 
        not be considered anticompetitive or otherwise unlawful if the 
        following conditions are met: 
           (1) all of the qualified newspapers in the political 
        subdivision participate in the joint bid; 
           (2) the existence of the joint bid arrangement is disclosed 
        to the governing body of the political subdivision before or at 
        the time of submission of the joint bid; and 
           (3) the board is free to reject the joint bid and, if it 
        does, individual qualified newspapers do not refuse to submit 
        separate bids owing to the rejection of the joint bid. 
           Sec. 15.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.05, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [TYPE FACE.] Except as otherwise directed by a 
        particular statute requiring publication of a public notice or 
        by order of a court, a public notice shall be printed in a type 
        face no smaller than six point with a lowercase alphabet of at 
        least 90 point points.  Larger type faces may be used.  
           Sec. 16.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.05, 
        subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 4.  [TITLE OR CAPTION.] Every public notice shall 
        include a bold face title or caption in a body type no smaller 
        than brevier or eight point referring to the content of the 
        notice.  Larger type faces may be used.  
           Sec. 17.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.05, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [LOCAL OPTIONS.] The governing body of a local 
        public corporation political subdivision may, to better inform 
        the public, increase the frequency of publication of a public 
        notice beyond the minimum required by a particular statute.  It 
        may use forms and styles for the notice as it deems appropriate, 
        including the use of display advertisements and graphics.  It 
        may publish or disseminate the notice in other newspapers in 
        addition to the newspaper required to be designated under 
        section 331A.04.  In addition to publication in the newspaper 
        required to be designated under section 331A.04, it may publish 
        or disseminate the notice in other newspapers and by means of 
        standard and electronic mail.  Regardless of whether a 
        particular statute specifies "legal notice," "public notice," 
        "notice," or uses similar terms, the governing body may use 
        whatever form for the published notice that it deems appropriate 
        in order to adequately inform the public, subject to the 
        requirements of sections 331A.01 to 331A.11.  Nothing in the 
        foregoing provisions of this subdivision shall require the 
        governing body of a local public corporation political 
        subdivision to use the options described.  
           Sec. 18.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.05, 
        subdivision 7, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 7.  [ERRORS IN PUBLICATION.] If through no fault of 
        the local public corporation political subdivision, an error 
        occurs in the publication of a public notice, the error shall 
        have no effect on the validity of the event, action, or 
        proceeding to which the public notice relates. 
           Sec. 19.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.05, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 8.  [NOTICE REGARDING PUBLISHED SUMMARIES.] If a 
        political subdivision elects to publish a summary of the 
        political subdivision's financial statement or proceedings as 
        authorized by other law, it must include with the published 
        summary a notice stating that a copy of the full version of the 
        financial statement or proceedings other than attachments to the 
        minutes is available without cost at the offices of the 
        political subdivision or by means of standard or electronic mail.
           Sec. 20.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.06, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  When the governing board of a local public 
        corporation political subdivision awards a contract for the 
        publication of public notices based on competitive bidding, the 
        rate established by the competitive bidding shall be the rate 
        charged for publication of the public notices.  
           Sec. 21.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.06, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [MULTIYEAR PUBLICATION 
        CONTRACTS.] Notwithstanding other law, a political subdivision 
        may enter into multiyear contracts with a qualified newspaper 
        for publication of the political subdivision's public notices.  
        No multiyear contract may be for a term longer than three years. 
           Sec. 22.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.07, is 
        amended to read: 
           331A.07 [AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION.] 
           No compensation shall be recoverable for publishing legal 
        or official matter in any newspaper not qualified, until there 
        is filed with the county auditor the affidavit of a person 
        having knowledge of the facts, showing the name and location of 
        the newspaper and the existence of conditions constituting its 
        qualifications as a qualified newspaper as set forth in section 
        331A.02.  If the matter published relates to proceedings in 
        another county, a like affidavit must be filed with its 
        auditor.  The affidavit, if it states the required facts, shall 
        be prima facie evidence of them and of the qualification.  No 
        compensation shall be recoverable for publishing legal or 
        official matter a public notice in any newspaper unless the bill 
        is accompanied by an affidavit of the publisher of the newspaper 
        or the publisher's designated agent, having knowledge of the 
        facts, setting forth the fact stating that the newspaper has 
        complied with all the requirements to constitute a legal 
        qualified newspaper.  The affidavit must set forth the dates of 
        the month and year and the day of the week upon which the legal 
        or official matter public notice was published in the 
        newspaper.  The affidavit must also include the publisher's 
        lowest classified rate paid by commercial users for comparable 
        space, as determined pursuant to section 331A.06, the maximum 
        charge allowable by law for the publication of the specific 
        legal or official matter in question, and the rate actually 
        charged for that publication. 
           Sec. 23.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.08, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS.] Notwithstanding 
        other statutory publication requirements, if the governing body 
        of a political subdivision conducts regular meetings not more 
        than once every 30 days, the governing body need not publish the 
        meeting minutes in the official newspaper until ten days after 
        the proceedings have been approved by the governing body. 
           Sec. 24.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.09, is 
        amended to read: 
           331A.09 [PUBLICATION ON SUNDAY OR HOLIDAY.] 
           Any public notice may lawfully be printed in a newspaper 
        published on a Sunday, and the publication is a lawful 
        publication and a full compliance with the order of the court or 
        officer ordering the publication or holiday.  Any notice that, 
        by law or the order of any court, is required to be published 
        for any given number of weeks may be published on any day in 
        each week or of the term, and if published as many weeks and as 
        many times in each week as required by the law or order, it is a 
        lawful publication.  
           Sec. 25.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.10, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [CHANGE OF NAME.] When a legal public 
        notice is required or ordered to be published in a particular 
        newspaper and the name of the newspaper is changed before the 
        publication is completed, the publication shall be made or 
        continued in the newspaper under its new name with the same 
        effect as if the name had not been changed.  The proof of the 
        publication, in addition to other requirements, shall state the 
        change of name and specify the period of publication in the 
        newspaper under each name.  
           Sec. 26.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.11, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [APPLY APPLICATION.] Sections 331A.01 to 
        331A.11 apply to all municipalities and local public 
        corporations political subdivisions of the state.  
           Sec. 27.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 331A.11, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [DO NOT APPLY NOTICES EXCLUDED.] Sections 331A.01 
        to 331A.11 do not apply to notices required by private 
        agreements or local laws to be published in newspapers, unless 
        they refer expressly or by implication to sections 331A.01 to 
        331A.11, this chapter or to particular provisions of sections 
        331A.01 to 331A.11 this chapter.  
           Sec. 28.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 375.12, 
        subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 2.  [SMALL CLAIMS TOTALED.] Individualized itemized 
        accounts, claims or demands allowed by the county board pursuant 
        to section 471.38, subdivision 1, need not be published pursuant 
        to subdivision 1, if the amount allowed from each claim 
        is $100 $300 or less.  The official proceedings following the 
        itemization of accounts required shall contain a statement 
        showing the total number of claims that did not exceed $100 $300 
        and their total dollar amount.  
           Sec. 29.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 375.17, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [STATEMENT CONTENTS; SUMMARIES.] Annually, 
        not later than the first Tuesday after the first Monday in 
        March, the county board shall make a full and accurate statement 
        of the receipts and expenditures of the preceding year, which 
        shall contain a statement of the assets and liabilities, a 
        summary of receipts, disbursements, and balances of all county 
        funds together with a detailed statement of each fund account, 
        under the form and style prescribed by and on file with the 
        state auditor.  The prescribed form and any changes or 
        modifications of it shall so far as practical be uniform for all 
        counties and be approved by the attorney general and the state 
        printer.  Annually the board shall publish the statement or a 
        summary of the statement in a form as prescribed by the state 
        auditor, for one issue in a duly qualified legal newspaper in 
        the county. 
           Sec. 30.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 412.191, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [PUBLICATION OF PROCEEDINGS.] The council, after 
        every regular or special meeting, shall publish the official 
        council proceedings, or a summary conforming to section 331A.01, 
        subdivision 10, or a condensed version of the official minutes 
        which shall include action on motions, resolutions, ordinances, 
        and other official proceedings.  As an alternative to 
        publication, the city may mail, at city expense, a copy of the 
        proceedings to any resident upon request.  The publication shall 
        occur within 30 days of the meeting to which the proceedings 
        relate.  Cities with a population of less than 1,000 according 
        to the latest federal census are not required to comply with 
        this section, but may do so at their discretion.  
           Sec. 31.  Minnesota Statutes 2002, section 471.698, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  [ALL OPERATIONS EXCEPT SOME HOSPITALS, 
        NURSING HOMES.] In any city with a population of less than 2,500 
        according to the latest federal census, the city clerk or chief 
        financial officer shall: 
           (a) Prepare a detailed statement of the financial affairs 
        of the city including operations of municipal hospitals and 
        nursing homes, liquor stores, and public utility commissions in 
        the style and form prescribed by the state auditor, for the 
        preceding fiscal year showing all money received, with the 
        sources, and respective amounts thereof; all disbursements for 
        which orders have been drawn upon the treasurer; the amount of 
        outstanding and unpaid orders; all accounts payable; all 
        indebtedness; contingent liabilities; all accounts receivable; 
        the amount of money remaining in the treasury; and all items 
        necessary to show accurately the revenues and expenditures and 
        financial position of the city; 
           (b) File the statement in the clerk's or financial 
        officer's office for the public inspection and present it to the 
        city council within 45 days after the close of the fiscal year; 
           (c) (1) Publish the statement, or a summary of the 
        statement in a form as prescribed by the state auditor, within 
        90 days after the close of the fiscal year in a qualified 
        newspaper of general circulation in the city; or 
           (2) If there is no qualified newspaper of general 
        circulation in the city, the clerk shall, at the direction of 
        the city council, post copies in three of the most public places 
        in the city; or 
           (3) If city council proceedings are published monthly or 
        quarterly, showing to whom and for what purpose orders are drawn 
        upon the treasurer, the annual statement to be published as 
        required by this section may be summarized in such form as the 
        state auditor may prescribe.  It is not necessary to publish 
        individual disbursements of less than $100 $300, if 
        disbursements aggregating $1,000 or more to any person, firm, or 
        other entity are set forth in a schedule of major disbursements 
        showing amounts paid out, to whom, and for what purpose, and are 
        made a part of and published with the financial statement; and 
           (d) Submit within 90 days after the close of the fiscal 
        year a copy of the statement to the state auditor in such 
        summary form as the state auditor may prescribe. 
           A municipal hospital or nursing home established before 
        June 6, 1979 whose fiscal year is not a calendar year on August 
        1, 1980 is not subject to this subdivision but shall submit to 
        the state auditor a detailed statement of its financial affairs 
        audited by a certified public accountant, a public accountant or 
        the state auditor no later than 120 days after the close of its 
        fiscal year.  It may also submit a summary financial report for 
        the calendar year. 
           Sec. 32.  [REPORT ON PUBLIC NOTICE STATUTES.] 
           The revisor of statutes shall compile a list of all 
        statutes that require publication of public notices and submit 
        the report to the chairs of the government operations committees 
        of the house and senate by January 1, 2006. 
           Sec. 33.  [REPEALER.] 
           Minnesota Statutes 2002, sections 331A.01, subdivision 5; 
        and 331A.02, subdivision 2, are repealed. 
           Presented to the governor May 7, 2004 
           Signed by the governor May 10, 2004, 9:00 p.m.

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