Week Ten of the 2013 Legislative Session

3/15/2013

This week was one with a deadline at the end of it.  This year, March 15th marked the first deadline – which means that our bills needed to make it through committees in the House by that date.  That meant that this week was a busy one and the committees had jam-packed schedules.  All of our bills made it through the first deadline, and HF 1194 (Isaacson) was heard the past week on Wednesday.  Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the bill, the hearing room was filled with supporters wearing Homes for All stickers.  Thank you also to those of you who helped provide testimony on the bill including George Stone, Program Director, CSH; Nancy Iglesias, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore Counties; Bill Ziegler, CEO Little Earth; and Tanya Beck, site manager, Aeon.

Also this week: registration for MCCD and MHP’s Community Development Day on the Hill opened. On Thursday, April 11, community development staff and supporters will visit the Capitol to share the importance of investing now in affordable housing and homeless services. We are lining up some exciting speakers for the day and will be scheduling lawmaker visits as well. If you haven’t been to the Capitol yet this year, or even if you have attended a committee hearing or another lobby day earlier in the session, this will be a great opportunity to share your work with key lawmakers. CD Day on the Hill comes at a crucial time in the session to talk about why we need housing now. We hope you will consider joining us for this half day event! You can register here and stay tuned for announcements on the speakers.

-Darielle Dannen, MCCD Public Policy Director

Photo credit: Kenza Hadj-Moussa