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Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability

Active dates:June 2019 -

The Commission shall:

  • define housing affordability and study issues relating to housing affordability and the construction, preservation, and rehabilitation of owner-occupied and rental housing, including subsidized housing, existing and future government regulations impacting housing affordability, market forces impacting housing affordability, and access to homeownership;
  • review and provide the legislature with research and analysis of emerging issues affecting housing affordability and homeownership access, including but not limited to construction work force, innovation, building practices, and building material costs;
  • review and provide the legislature with research and analysis of policies to reduce the homeownership equity gap; and
  • review and make recommendations on legislative and rulemaking proposals positively impacting personal housing affordability, access to homeownership, and other related barriers to homeownership, especially with regard to first-time homebuyers and economically disadvantaged buyers and renters.

Meetings: The ranking senator from the majority party appointed to the commission must convene the first meeting of a biennium by February 15 in the odd-numbered year.


Appointing authorities for the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability must make initial appointments by June 1, 2019, to serve a term ending in January 2021. (b) The speaker of the house must designate one member of the commission to convene the first meeting of the commission by June 15, 2019. A member of the house of representatives shall serve as the first chair of the commission. A member of the senate shall serve as chair of the commission beginning in January 2021. 

The Legislative Coordinating Commission must provide administrative and research assistance to the commission.

The Commission expires June 30, 2023.


The Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability consists of: two senators appointed by the senate majority leader; two senators appointed by the senate minority leader; two representatives appointed by the speaker of the house; and two representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives.

Each appointing authority must make appointments by January 31 of the regular legislative session in the odd-numbered year.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Representative Jim Nash, R-Waconia, was elected to serve as co-chair of the Legislative Commission on Housing Affordability alongside Senator Kari Dziedzic, DFL-Minneapolis.

Legislative debate over solutions to Minnesota's housing shortage off to rocky start. Star Tribune, 9/26/2021.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2019-2021.
Record last updated: 09/22/2021

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