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Legislative Update: March 14, 2017

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

HF 1916: MIF, JCF and Redevelopment Grant Funding Bill Hearing — TODAY at 3PM

Today the House Committee on Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy and Finance will be hearing HF 1916 at 3pm in room 10 of the State Office Building. EDAM will be on hand to testify in support of the bill and call on the committee to fund the Minnesota Investment Fund, Job Creation Fund, and the Redevelopment Program Fund. EDAM and Metro Cities have worked together on drafting the bill and securing committee support.

The language in the bill appropriates $15,000,000 a year to the Minnesota Investment fund and $12,500,000 a year to the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. The bill also makes a one-time appropriation of $10,000,000 to the Redevelopment Program for grants and loans to fund site redevelopment, which may include land acquisition and demolition costs.

Over the next few weeks, we will call on members to share stories and discuss the programs with their elected officials. If you want to start connecting with them now, click here to access their contact information.

Press Conference — Urge the Legislature to Restore Funding to Key Economic Development Programs

On Wednesday, EDAM and Metro Cities will be hosting a joint press Conference with our two bill authors, Sen. Paul Anderson (R-Plymouth) and Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville) to highlight SF 1522 and HF 1916, which support the Minnesota Investment Fund, Job Creation Fund and Redevelopment Grant Program with financial investments to these economic development programs. Along with our bill authors, program beneficiaries will attend the press conference to share their stories of what these programs have meant for their districts and communities, as well as to assist in the push to fund the programs this session.

If you would like to attend and share your story and experience with these programs, please contact Nick de Julio at 651-470-7957 or The press conference will take place at 12:30pm in the State Capitol Press Conference Room.

First Committee Deadline Has Passed

This week was the busiest of the 2017 legislative session so far, as dozens of committees heard hundreds of bills in order to meet the first committee deadline. Committee agendas have been jam-packed all week with as many bills as possible (the House Transportation and Regional Governance Policy committee heard over 20 bills in one committee hearing) to pass them either to the next committee stop or to the General Register (House) or General Orders (Senate), to then be voted on by the full chamber. In addition, dozens of advocacy groups have been active at the capitol promoting or fighting legislation affecting their groups. It is the busiest the newly renovated capitol has been yet this year.

For a bill to become law, it must have made it through the committee process in at least one of the chambers by the end of the day last Friday, March 10. The second committee deadline is this Friday, March 17. A bill that met the first deadline must pass though the committee process of the other chamber by that date to still be eligible to be voted on by the full body of either the House of Representatives or the Senate. Finally, all finance bills must complete the committee process by Friday, March 31 to still be eligible to be voted on by either chamber’s full body.

Check the combined legislative calendar to stay up to date on the activities at the capitol.

Check the streaming schedule in the House and the Senate to view any committee hearing of interest.

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Mark Your Calendar!

Here is the basic schedule for the legislative session, as it currently stands:

  • Wednesday, March 15: Gov. Mark Dayton releases his supplemental budget proposal
  • Friday, March 17: Second committee deadline
  • Friday, March 31: Third committee deadline
  • Monday, April 10 – Monday, April 17: Legislative spring break
  • Monday, May 22: Session adjourns

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