Homes for All is moving towards adopting a two-year policy agenda for the 2019-2020 biennial legislative session. In order for Homes for All to remain able to amend the agenda, we need to adopt a bylaw amendment outlining how to add or remove policy and/or budgetary items as needed to the agenda. To adopt this amendment, we need your help!
What does adopting a two-year agenda mean?
The Minnesota legislature operates in a two-year cycle called a biennium. The first year of the biennium (odd years) is typically a budget year and the second year of the biennium (even years) is typically a bonding year. This means whatever doesn’t get passed or fully funded from the Homes for All agenda during the first year will continue to be on the Homes for All agenda during the second year, should there be an opportunity for a supplemental budget.
The Homes for All policy agenda-setting process is extensive and time-consuming, and often the supplemental agenda doesn’t look that different from the previous year’s agenda. The coordinating team hopes that adopting a two-year agenda will allow more time for strategic outreach and events with lawmakers in their home districts outside of the legislative session.
However, it’s important that there remains an opportunity to add or remove items from the Homes for All agenda, which is why a bylaw amendment is needed.
What do endorsing organizations need to do?
Please follow this link to read the proposed bylaw change and vote by Friday, October 12th at 5:00 pm. Endorsing members of Homes for All (organizations) are eligible to vote if they have previously endorsed the Homes for All agenda and organizations receive one vote.