Hello from the Capitol! The ninth week of session has been busy with hearings, as lawmakers rush to meet the first deadline of the legislative session. By March 15, bills that haven’t gotten the green light from a committee in its house of origin won’t move forward, with the exception of certain committees to which these deadlines don't apply.
The Housing Finance and Policy Division heard several important housing-related bills including one that would make apartment leases easier to understand (HF 495). Another bill addresses evictions and eviction case court records (HF 1511).
On March 6, the House Health and Human Services Finance Division hearda proposal to raise the monthly cash benefit for families in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), supported by Homes for All. The MFIP funding level has not changed since 1986. A companion bill awaits a hearing in the Senate.
The House Property Tax division heard several cities make their case for extensions and variances related to Tax Increment Finance (TIF) districts. TIF uses the expected increase in property taxes from a project to help pay for the project. The bills that advanced would create new TIF districts in Burnsville, Duluth, Edina and Minneapolis. Bloomington, Champlin, and Roseville asked for extensions or alterations. Many of these TIF districts will include affordable housing as part of a development.
The Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Finance Committee heard two bills on manufactured home parks. One that would provide a one-time grant for infrastructure (SF 1871) and another that clarifies manufactured home parks may use housing infrastructure bonds (SF 469).
The Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Housing Policy Committee heard testimony from Housing First Minnesota and the Minnesota Realtors on a bill to establish a legislative commission on housing affordability (SF 1294). The committee also considered providing a $2 million appropriation (for the biennium) the Bridges program, which provides housing supports for people with a mental illness (SF 1611).
Tuesday, March 12, 3pm (Rm 1150 Minnesota Senate Bldg.)
Wednesday, March 13, 8am (Rm 200 State Office Bldg.)
- SF 2178: Modifies requirements for economic and housing challenge grants
- HF 2273: Repeals certain requirements for the allocation of housing tax credits
- HF 2135: Appropriates money for housing bonds for senior housing projects
- HF 2178: Requires landlords to test for radon and provide disclosures
- HF 1972: Requires landlord notifies tenant of grounds for potential eviction
- HF 2017: Changes the manufactured home park relocation trust fund
Join MHP for regular legislative update calls!
Join MHP's policy team every other Friday morning at 10 to stay in-the-loop and share suggestions on how to move our agenda forward. Our next call will take place on Friday, March 22 at 10am. Dial 800-220-9875 and enter 24167074 to join the call. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Glidden.