Division of Local Mandates (DLM)

Division of Local Mandates

DLM responds to requests from local government leaders to determine if a state law is an unfunded mandate on municipalities. In addition, we serve as a source of information on issues harming municipal budgets, and provide recommendations to address those issues.


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DLM is a resource for local government officials who feel their community has been subjected to an unfunded mandate. In addition, it serves as a resources for state and local policymakers, and members of the public, seeking more information about key issues that are driving costs for local governments.

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Auditor Bump Certifies More Than $1 Million in Unfunded Mandated Early Voting Costs on Municipalities for 2016 Election 

1/08/2018 Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

Certification comes after Bump's office determined part of early voting law constituted an unfunded mandate.

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