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2011 Minnesota Session Laws

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CHAPTER 33--H.F.No. 1139

An act

relating to local government; authorizing single source acquisition of public safety equipment; authorizing long-term leasing of public safety equipment;

proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 471.


Section 1.


Subdivision 1.


(a) "Local government" means a statutory or home rule charter city, county, town, special taxing district, or any other political subdivision that acquires public safety equipment.

(b) "Public safety equipment" means vehicles and specialized equipment used by a fire department, as defined in section 299N.01, subdivision 2, in firefighting, ambulance and emergency medical treatment services, rescue, and hazardous materials response.

Subd. 2.

Single source acquisition.

Notwithstanding section 465.71 or 471.345, a local government may acquire by purchase or lease used public safety equipment without competitive bidding or proposals if the equipment is clearly and legitimately limited to a single source of supply, and the contract price may be best established by direct negotiation.

Subd. 3.

Long-term leases authorized.

Notwithstanding section 366.095, 410.32, 412.301, or 465.71, a local government may issue certificates of indebtedness or capital notes to acquire new or used public safety equipment by lease for a term of up to 15 years. The obligation created by a long-term lease agreement for public safety equipment must not be included in the calculation of net debt for purposes of section 475.53, and does not constitute debt under any other statutory provision. No election is required in connection with the execution of a lease agreement authorized by this section.

Presented to the governor May 17, 2011

Signed by the governor May 20, 2011, 1:47 p.m.

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