Justice, justice, you shall pursue.

– Deuteronomy 16:20

2018 Legislative Updates

last updated 4/20/2018

Affordable Housing Bonding - HF 3125, SF 2939
Bonding bills for $140 million for housing have been introduced in both the House and Senate but there has been no action on them yet.  Capitol Investment and Tax Committees are not subject to traditional committee deadlines. Expect to hear more on these soon!  

Fees and Fines - HF 3357, SF 3390  
This bill has been heard in the House but not in the Senate. 

Driver's License/No Suspension for Non-Payment of Fines - HF 3356, SF 3389
The bill to change the rules for driver’s license suspension passed through two public safety committees in the House. The bill to change the rules for driver’s license suspension was previously included in the House Transportation Omnibus bill, but was moved to be included in the House Public Safety and Security Policy and Finance Omnibus bill.  The Senate did not hold a hearing, but the Committee chair has agreed to hold an informational hearing.  (Thank you to everyone in District 18 who contacted Senator Newman; you made this happen!). This increases the chances for this provision to be agreed upon in the Conference Committee.

Child Care Access for Homeless Families - HF 3205, SF2930 
Provisions to expedite applications for Child Care Assistance for homeless families and to allow access to childcare for while looking for work have passed the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee as part of a larger Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) bill, House File 3778 (Roz Peterson).  A similar bill that also includes the same provisions for homeless families, was heard in the Senate Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee on Monday, April 16, SF 3915 (Jim Abeler). The House Health and Human Services Omnibus bill includes both provisions to expedite applications for Child Care Assistance for homeless families and to allow access to childcare for while looking for work. The Senate Human Services Omnibus bill only includes the provision to expedite applications. If you live in District 14, please be in touch about how you can help to include the second homeless family provision in the Senate omnibus bill.

Tax Policy 
Governor Dayton released his proposed tax bill.  It includes expansion of the Working Family Credit, creation of a Personal and Dependent Care Credit and maintains property tax refund benefits for Minnesotans.  The Governor characterizes the bill as putting hardworking Minnesotans and their families first.  The Governor’s bill was heard Tuesday (4/17) in the House and Wednesday (4/18) in the Senate. Both bodies of legislature will use these hearings to craft their own tax bills. We expect House and Senate bills soon.  

2018 Session

The 2018 Minnesota legislative session begins February 20th and ends May 21st. See below for issue papers and additional information about our agenda items.

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Reducing Fees and Fines           Affordable Housing Bonding               Accessible Childcare  

 

Click on an icon for a one-page description of JRLC's 2018 legislative asks. Some descriptions come from the coalitions of which JRLC is a member.

 

You can find archived e-mails about our legislative priorities here:

Fees and Fines

Bonding for Affordable Housing

Childcare Accessibility