Best Life Alliance Legislation: (SF 6/HF 179)
The Best Life Alliance bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House. The bill received its first hearing this past Wednesday in the Senate Human Services Reform and Finance Committee. ARRM Board member Cindy Ostrowski from Hiawatha Homes offered testimony to the importance of ending the 7% cut.
In addition to the Best Life Alliance legislation, alternative legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate. SF 92/HF 168 would set the Competitive Workforce Factor at 4.55% which would buy back about 3.8% of the 7% cut. SF 92 was also heard in the Senate Human Services Reform and Finance Committee this past Wednesday.
It is important to remember that while there are alternative proposals being introduced, the Best Life Alliance, as well as ARRM is committed to advocating for the full buy back of the 7% cut. Please watch for future action alerts for guidance on how you can lend your voice to the efforts!
ARRM Policy Bill: (SF 174/HF XXX)
ARRM is once again bringing forward a policy bill that contains similar provision to the bill that was contained within the Supplemental Spending bill last year and was vetoed by Governor Dayton. The bill was introduced in the Senate this last week and will hopefully be introduced in the House next week.
In addition to the stand-alone bill, Senator Abeler has introduced SF 74, which is a “mini omnibus” bill of policy provisions from last session that had agreement on. All of the policy provisions that ARRM brought forward last session are also contained within SF 74 – ARRM will continue to monitor the progress of that bill.
ICF Legislation and Unfunded Mandate Legislation:
ARRM is in the process of gathering authors for these two pieces of legislation and they hope to have them introduced within the next couple weeks.
Service Termination Legislation:
ARRM has a small group of members that are working on service termination legislation. The legislation would tighten the timelines for judicial review when a service termination is appealed and clean-up language within the current service termination statute. They are still in the process of meeting with stakeholders about this legislation and addressing concerns with the language that are being brought to them. ARRM hopes to move this language forward to the drafting process within the next few weeks.
Stay tuned for more updates as they become available through HCO’s Grassroots Blog or at ARRM’s website.