• Intended to protect cities, towns, regional school districts and educational collaboratives from state-imposed costs, the Local Mandate Law provides that any post-1980 state law or regulation that places more than incidental administrative expenses upon any city or town must be either fully funded by the Commonwealth, or subject to local acceptance.

    The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) is a critical resource for cities and towns, lawmakers and the courts. Enacted as part of Proposition 2 ½, the Division of Local Mandates has the authority to determine if a proposed or existing state law or regulation is an “unfunded mandate,” one that does not conform to the standards of the Local Mandate Law.

    Here you will find past mandate determinations made by DLM as well as local financial impact reviews of state laws and regulations that have a significant impact on local spending.