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2021-2022 Regular Session - Wednesday, February 23, 2022


Representative Sandra Masin, Chair of the Division on Local Government, called the virtual meeting to order at 8:30 AM on February 23, 2022 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
Members present:
Masin, Sandra, Chair
Elkins Steve, Vice Chair
Quam, Duane, Republican Lead
Berg, Kaela
Boldon, Liz
Huot, John
Mekeland, Shane
Olson, Bjorn
Youakim, Cheryl

A quorum was present.

Lead Quam moved that the minutes from February 16, 2021 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Vice Chair Elkins moved that HF 3256 be re-referred to the Committee on State Government Finance and Elections.
Vice Chair Elkins presented HF 3256, A bill for an act relating to local and metropolitan government; modifying provisions related to local land use and building permits for the Legalizing Affordable Housing Act.
• Danielle Leach, Zonda
• Luke Bell, Zillow
• Libby Starling, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
• Dave Arbit, Minneapolis Area Realtors
• Salim Furth, Mercatus Center
• Scott McClellan, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
• Amber Backhaus, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association
• Ethan Roberts, Jewish Community Relations Council
• David Werschay, Werschay Homes
• Paul Heuer, Pulte Homes
• Peter Coyle, Housing First Minnesota
• Paul Eger, Minnesota Realtors
The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 AM.

Representative Sandra Masin, Chair
Joshua Kilgard, Committee Legislative Assistant

More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF3256 (Elkins) - Legalizing Affordable Housing Act; local land use and building permit provision modified.
House TV Video:
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01:56 - HF3256 (Elkins) Legalizing Affordable Housing Act; local land use and building permit provision modified.
Runs 1 hour, 38 minutes.

HF3256 (Elkins) Legalizing Affordable Housing Act; local land use and building permit provision modified.
*Amendments are due for all bills by 8:30am, Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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