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CAI-MN Legislative Update

Friday, April 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Second Deadline Passes; House Budget Targets Announced

The second committee deadline officially passed on Friday, April 8, which means that committees will now assemble major appropriation (omnibus) bills. Policy committee hearings will be less commonplace, as they are no longer able to take official action on bills at this point. The third deadline, which applies to omnibus bills, falls on Thursday, April 21. At that point the only committee hearings that can take official action will be conference committees between the House and Senate to negotiate differences of their omnibus bills.

Each committee jurisdiction is given a budget target that determines how much money they are allowed to spend in a given year, and this week the House Republicans announced the following as their spending targets for this year:

Committee House Budget Target

Agriculture

$1.93 million (Unused funds from 2015 bird flu outbreak will be saved and repurposed for livestock disease prevention efforts)

Capital Investment

$3.14 million (enables a $6000 million bonding bill)

K-12 Education

0 change (Approximately $50 million of additional K-12 spending offset by allowing school districts the option of early state loan repayment, $7 million of savings will fund expanding broadband access)

Environment

$3.9 million (Funding for MnDNR to uphold decisions regarding copper and nickel mining by Polymet in Northeastern Minnesota)

Health & Human Services

0 change (Committee will repurpose federal grants for different priorities)

Higher Education

0 change

Jobs & Energy

$11.7 million (Including $13 million in 2017 and $15 million in 2018 toward Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Program offset by savings to be determined by committee)

Public Safety

$1 million (Recouping extra funds from MINNCOR enterprise fund)

State Govt Finance

$9.5 million (Efficiencies to be determined by the committee)


Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) stated that their priority for this session is to provide major tax relief to businesses and families throughout the state. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook) said that he expects the Senate to release their targets early next week.

CAI-MN Issues that we are Watching and Tracking

Since the start of last year, CAI-MN has been tracking a number of bills that were introduced. For most bills if they did not pass last session, the hurdle is high for them to get going this session. Along with first and second deadlines now passing, the chances of them moving this session are very slim. However, nothing is really dead until legislators go home on May 23. With that thought in mind, here are a number of bills that we are watching this session that impact common interest communities and associations as well as a brief update of where they are at:

  • SF 339/HF 1959 - Office of ombudsman for common interest communities establishment. The bills have not received hearings in either the House of Senate.
  • HF 1142 - Residential property rights defined (political campaign signs). The bill has not had a hearing in the House and no companion bill exists.
  • SF 2566/HF 2988 - Ground lease payment partial inclusion in shareholder manufactured home park cooperatives homestead credit state refund application.  The bills have been laid over for possible inclusion in the House and Senate Omnibus Tax bills.
  • HF 2650/SF 2327 - Receivership and assignments for the benefit of creditors provisions clarified, and short form of assignment for recording with a deed to transfer real property provided. Both bills have been sent to the House and Senate floors where they are awaiting action.
  • HF 3520/SF 3224 - Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act amended to provide for construction defect claims. The bills have not received hearings in either the House of Senate.
  • SF 2775/HF 3015 - Meeker county tax-forfeited land, rights of state as unit owner in common interest community. Both bills have been laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Lands bills.  The language looks to address voting rights of parcels that are currently owned by the state after bankruptcy by the developer.

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