2023 Law Summaries: A Guide to the New Laws Affecting Cities

The 2023 Law Summaries publication contains all laws affecting cities that were enacted during the 2023 legislative session.

For a general recap of key 2023 legislative outcomes that impact cities, read this 2023 Legislative Session Overview. 

The Legislature sent 75 chapters of law to Gov. Tim Walz during the 2023 legislative session, 74 chapters became new law, one was vetoed. The League’s 2023 Law Summaries will help you understand how these new laws will affect cities.

The publication summarizes relevant new laws but is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice. The 2023 Law Summaries document also highlights bills relevant to cities that did not become law.

View the 2023 Law Summaries (pdf)

Variety of issues covered

This year’s new laws contain many items of interest to cities, including passage of legalized adult use cannabis, paid family medical leave, earned sick and safe time, public safety PTSD Duty Disability legislation, repeal of the local government compensation cap, as well as extensive other policy and funding provisions for cities.

The section on “Bills That Did Not Become Law” covers several bills that did not pass, including the highly contested zoning/land use preemption bills.


If you have any questions about laws or legislation summarized in the 2023 Law Summaries, please contact a member of the League’s Intergovernmental Relations Department. The initials of the best staff member to contact for a particular law are listed at the end of each summary. You can find a key for the initials on page 5 of the 2023 Law Summaries.

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