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SF 4131

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 08:49am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to housing; appropriating money for housing discrimination testing.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginHOUSING DISCRIMINATION TESTING.
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new text begin $500,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2021 from the general fund to the Minnesota
Housing Finance Agency to make grants to nonprofit organizations to investigate and report
on housing discrimination based on race, national origin, disability, or familial status by
conducting fair housing testing statewide. The grant funds may be used to recruit and train
testers and analyze test results to evaluate evidence of housing discrimination in the rental
or purchase of a home, apartment, or other dwelling. The organizations receiving grant
funds may convey test results to state or federal agencies that receive and have the authority
to act on fair housing discrimination complaints or otherwise use the information to advocate
for the rights of the prospective renter or purchaser. The organizations receiving grant funds
must provide a preliminary report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
legislative committees with jurisdiction over housing policy and finance by February 15,
2021, and a final report by February 15, 2022, identifying the organizations receiving grants
and how the grant funds were spent, the number of investigations or tests conducted, the
types of housing tested, location of tests, any other activities undertaken, and, if known, the
outcomes of the cases.
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