Week Eight of the 2013 Legislative Session

3/1/2013

This week was a whirl wind at the Capitol and we don’t expect the excitement to end anytime soon! The Homes for All policy team was hard at work finding authors for our bills and together with supporters, urge lawmakers to support our higher appropriations asks. The Homes for All appropriations ask has finally become a reality in the eyes of the legislature!  We broke up the full Homes for All ask into four parts: a Health and Human Services bill and a Minnesota Housing bill in both the House and Senate. Below are the bill numbers, authors, and the status.

Minnesota Housing

 SF 811  MHFA Appropriations – Referred to Finance,

Chief author:  Dibble

Authors:  Carlson, Hawj, Saxhaug, Senjem

HOUSE FILE Dropped Tuesday awaiting Introduction, First Hearing March 13th in Clark’s Committee

Department of Health and Human Services

 SF 797 (First Hearing March 7th)

Chief Author:  Clausen

Authors:  Rose, Sheran, Eken, Franzen

 HF 937  (First Hearing March 7th)

Chief Author:  Laine

Authors:  Abeler, Allen,  Newton, Moran, Clark,  Liebling,  Huntley, Hortman,  Metsa, Norton, Benson, J,  Lien

A quick note: the Senate only allows you to have five authors on a bill when it is introduced, which is why those bills have less authors.

We have also been working on a Senate and House bonding bill that would provide $15 million for public housing and $35 million for foreclosure recovery, multifamily preservation and supportive housing. Those bills are still getting authors and will be introduced next week. 

The Policy team was joined by MCCD members and our partner organizations this week, garnering lawmaker support for these bills as well as the Renter’s Credit bill.  MCCD was joined by Aeon, CommonBond and PPL this week at the Capitol.  A PPL resident also visited the Capitol to testify about the importance of the Renter’s Credit.  Thank you members for all of your time and hard work! 

Next week, MCCD will be supporting the Homeless Day on the Hill, which you can look forward to on March 7th.  Look for the preliminary Wilder Research Homelessness Survey number to be released that day, as well as press conference around the rising numbers of homeless in our communities.  

-Darielle Dannen, MCCD Public Policy Director