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2016 Legislative Priorities

Initiatives
 
The Council will introduce the following bill in the 2016 legislative session:
 
  • Exploited Families Rental Assistance Bill:  Requests that the state funds a rental assistance program that serves families from emerging communities who have been victims of gender-based violence and are at risk of becoming homeless.
 
Priority Areas
 
The Council will actively track and support legislation in the following areas: 
 
  • Employment and Training Programs 
  • Violence Against Women and Children
  • Achievement Gap
  • Affordable Housing (Rental and Home-ownership)
  • Linguistically and Culturally Accessible Services
 
Ongoing Positions
 
The Council, in addition to its annual legislative priorities derived from community input, will actively advocate for legislation that achieves the following: 
 
  • Programs and services that are responsive to the linguistically and culturally diverse communities of Minnesota, including Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
  • The collection of disaggregated data to better inform policy-making on issues of importance to Asian Pacific Minnesotans. 
  • Maintains the Office of the Ombudspersons for Families. 
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