At the Legislature, we’re buttoning up budget bills and conference committees have begun to meet. These committees are comprised of five House members and five Senate members to reconcile differences within each major area of the budget; Taxes, Education, Transportation, etc. I am pleased to report that the Speaker has named me House Chair of the Commerce, Climate, and Energy Conference Committee. In that role, I will be the principal negotiator for the House in the area of the budget for the Department of Commerce, as well as the policy provisions in the budget relating to commerce and consumer protection. I will also be deeply involved in the negotiations related to climate change and energy.
Late Monday, the Minnesota House passed its Health and Human Services Budget aimed at building a better health system for Minnesotans after the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget strengthens our public health systems, addresses health inequities, makes prescription drugs more affordable, and expands coverage for low-income Minnesotans. The bill also includes needed investments in affordable childcare for Minnesota families. I’m most pleased that the budget bill includes compensation raises for Personal Care Assistants. You can read more about the legislation here.
House passes legislation to prevent
On Thursday, the House approved an orderly and compassionate process bringing the state’s eviction moratorium to a close at the end of the pandemic. The bill will prevent a wave of evictions among renters and homeowners while ensuring landlords are made whole for the rent they are owed. In addition to codifying the moratorium, the bill creates a 12-month timeline immediately following the end of the current peacetime emergency requiring landlords who intend to file an eviction for non-payment of rent to provide written notice along with information about rental assistance available to the tenant at least 60 days before filing an eviction. If signed into law, the House bill would give Minnesotans more time to access available assistance or plan for an orderly transition to a new home. Click here for more nonpartisan information from Session Daily.?
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