House Committee Passes Housing-Related Legislation

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During a special September meeting, the Minnesota House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee reviewed three bills of interest to Minnesota’s housing industry.  

The bills, which had been passed by the committee during the regular 2017 Legislative Session, were approved and referred to the General Register.

  • HF 1037: Authored by Rep. Bob Vogel (R-Elko New Market), this legislation would require legislative approval of housing incentives and allocations by the Metropolitan Council.
  • HF 1202: Authored by Committee Chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), this bill would slightly alter the duties of the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry.
  • HF 1119: Authored by Rep. Tama Theis (R-St. Cloud), the bill would increase penalties for unlicensed contractors.

With the Minnesota Legislature having a roll in the Metropolitan Council planning via HF 1037, this bill could be used to bring about greater home affordability in the state’s fastest-growing communities. The other bills, according to the committee, may be used during the 2018 Legislative Session to pass corresponding legislation.