Advocacy Report – July 12
July 23, 2020
As our communities stabilize from the unparalleled past couple of months, our attention turns to the future. Mainly, the 2020 Primary and General Elections. The SPAAR Advocacy Team has been working to increase awareness of issues within our communities, inform of election procedures, and expand membership involvement. As we grow closer to the fall, those efforts will continue and progress.
In early July, SPAAR sent out a voter registration Call to Action to unregistered REALTOR® members, with another reminder going out to all members in September. In the coming months, SPAAR will continue efforts to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) in the hopes of increasing voter turnout in the Primary Election, on August 11, and the General Election, on November 3.
For more information on the 2020 Elections, please visit https://spaar.com/government-affairs/voter-guide/ or contact the SPAAR Advocacy Team with any questions.
South Metro News
- The Eagan City Council approved plans for a new market-rate apartment complex near Central Park Commons
- The Goodhue County Board of Commissioners approved three waste delivery agreements as part of the county’s new solid waste hauler ordinance
North Metro News
- The Spring Lake Park City Council approved a six-month moratorium on new residential home rental properties.
- The METRO Gold Line is a planned 9-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated guide way that will connect Woodbury to Saint Paul and other eastern suburbs.
East Metro News
- Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul are working to define a community-driven vision for Rice Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Wheelock Parkway.
- On July 8, the Saint Paul City Council passed their S.A.F.E. Tenant Protections Ordinance with a unanimous vote
- Xcel plans renewable power project at Ryan’s Ford Site redevelopment.
West Metro News
- New renter protections are now in place in the City of Minneapolis that change credit screening practices and criminal screening criteria and limit security deposits. MAR was active throughout the ordinance development process and a significant number of its suggested changes were included in the ordinance. MAR is also part of a cross-sector committee that is guiding implementation of the ordinance. The changes took effect June 1, 2020 for owners of buildings with at least 15 units and will take effect on December 1, 2020 for owners of buildings with less than 15 units. Please use these resources to educate yourself and others about these changes: Informational flyer, News Release, Applicant screening criteria, Security deposit limitations.
State & National News
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grants totaling nearly $19 million for infrastructure and rehabilitation projects in 32 Minnesota cities.
- SPAAR member, D’Angelos Svenkeson, spoke to the Business Journal in an interview about racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
- The Ed Anderson Political Achievement Award is an award designed to honor Minnesota REALTORS® who have contributed time, knowledge, and resources to the preservation of the real estate industry.
If you have an issue in your community that needs the attention of REALTORS®, please reach out to Vice President of Advocacy & Community Engagement Joe McKinley or Government Affairs Director Becky Wegscheid.
The work of the REALTOR® Party relies on your investment in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC.)
Click here to learn about RPAC’s non-partisan advocacy for homeowners and the real estate industry.
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