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Senate passes tenants’ rights legislation; GOP senator fixates on ‘squatters’ – MN Reformer

This session, Legal Aid’s Julia Zwak joined housing advocates, pushing to pass the “Tenants’ Rights Bill.” As that push proved successful in the senate, detractors made claims against the bill. And again, Zwak set the record straight. Read all about it in the Minnesota Reformer.

Disability Rights advocates rally for legislation at Minnesota Capitol – WCCO

In proud support of the disability community, MMLA’s Minnesota Disability Law Center joined voices calling to end the subminimum wage, improve teacher training and remove barriers to medical assistance. WCCO’s coverage included an interview with Legal Aid’s Ryan Haenze.

Child tax credit would include 18-year-olds under proposed bill – Session Daily

Legal Aid Attorney Jessica Webster describes the 2023 child tax credit as a “powerful anti-poverty tool” and calls the 2024 proposal, “smart and equitable tax policy.”

Powerless no more: Tenants could gain rights in utility disputes – Session Daily

Attorney Ron Elwood highlighted the problems tenants face when landlords co-opt the role of utility companies. View testimony via link, included in this Sessions Daily write-up.

Students ask lawmakers to rethink SRO fix – KARE 11

KARE 11’s coverage of the Solutions Not Suspensions news conference included Legal Aid’s statement on prone restraints.

Many Minnesotans with disabilities earn far less – Star Tribune

Legal Aid Attorney Maren Hulden talks to the Star Tribune about the prospect of ending the subminimum wage. Photo credit: Star Tribune

Lawmakers introduce bill to reform controversial ‘contract for deed’ home sales – ProPublica

Attorney Ron Elwood of MMLA’s Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP) talks to reporter Jessica Lussenhop in this ProPublica follow-up to her piece on “the exploitation of Somali contract for deed buyers.” Ron has been working with U.S. Senator Tina Smith to advance comprehensive contract for deed reform in 2024.

Minnesota’s immigrants, advocates anxious about Congress’ effort to tighten border – MinnPost

“This has created a question of whether the administration is willing to continue the American value of welcoming refugees.” – Alison Griffith, MMLA Immigration Law Project

City’s fight with unlicensed landlord highlights risks for low-income renters – KSTP

When a tenant is ordered to vacate in an unusual way, KSTP consults Legal Aid’s Julia Zwak about eviction law.

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