- Created: Tuesday, 24 January 2017 16:19
Hello from the Capitol! We're only a few weeks into the legislative session, but with the unseasonably warm weather and fast pace at the Capitol, it feels later in the year. Last year’s bonding bill is being heard in the Senate this week and we're hustling from committees to meetings to make sure every elected official knows the importance of homes for all.
Building relationships: While few bills are moving yet, the Policy team has been hard at work setting up meetings and building the relationships we’ll need when things heat up. We’ve reached out to every new lawmaker and already had more than a dozen meetings. We’ve also sat down with some key leaders in the House and Senate. Over the next few weeks, we’ll shift our focus from education of freshman legislators to meeting with key committee members to advocate for the bonding bill.
Bonding bill update: There’s still no consensus on whether a bonding bill will pass this year. But after encouraging meetings on both sides of the aisle, we have no reason to be pessimistic — though we’ll need to push hard to make sure housing is a priority. The Homes for All coalition has secured Sen. Senjem to be the chief author of its bonding bill for $100 million and is working to secure a House sponsor. Sen. Senjem also has introduced SB 210, a bonding bill that includes $45 million for housing and is very similar to the compromise bonding bill from the end of the 2016 legislative session. This bill is being heard in the Senate Capital Investment committee this week and has bipartisan support. We're optimistic it will pass the Senate.