The Minnesota State Legislature gaveled into the 2018 session on Tuesday, without too many fireworks. Later that night, legislative leaders gave a legislative rundown at the Minnesota Chamber Legislative Priorities Dinner. Caucus leaders from both sides of the aisle indicated the need to address the technical and vocational labor shortage, one of Housing First Minnesota’s top priorities.
The rest of the week involved sexual harassment training and the passage of legislative funding that the Governor has said he will sign on Monday. Look for committee hearings to ramp up next week and make sure to register for Housing Day at the Capitol on March 14th.
Housing In the Legislature:
SF 2567 was introduced in the Senate. Sen. Kiffmeyer (Big Lake) will once again lead the discussion, with support from numerous other Senators from across the state. This bill would establish review requirements and legislative notice for rules impacting residential construction or remodeling over $1,000. The companion bill will be carried by Rep. Bob Vogel (Elko New Market) and is expected to be introduced next week.
As Housing First Minnesota's Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, Mark Foster, is your contact for grassroots political, policy, and legislative activity. Follow Mark on Twitter @robmarkfoster