Welcome to the weekly MNA Legislative update. We’ll use this to keep you informed on policy issues we are following throughout the Session. MNA watches bills related to the nonprofit sector generally including Appropriations, Taxation, Charitable Giving, Workforce, Voting/Elections/Ballot Initiatives, Campaign Finance, and Lobbying. We also monitor larger issues such as housing, childcare, and others where MNA may play an appropriate amplifying role.
Hunter & Angler Community Fund
MNA will support LC1469 if the sponsor moves the bill forward. This would establish a Hunter and Angler Community Fund as a way for hunters and anglers to give back to rural communities via a check box on the hunting license. The fund would be administered by Fish, Wildlife and Parks. This concept made it through committee last session but ultimately did not pass on the floor. Please let us know if you have any concerns or suggested edits.
HB2 Part B Health and Human Services
HB2 is the monster budget bill which must be passed each session. Part B relates to the Health and Human Services portion of the budget. Today public comment was given on the Medicaid Provider Rate study completed at the request of legislators last session. MNA rose in support of reimbursing Medicaid providers at the rates suggested in the recent rate study. We offered supporting data pulled from our November, 2022 workforce survey. Thank you to the 137 organizations that participated in that survey, allowing us to come before legislators confidently on your behalf.
Revise Property Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations
The draft of LC2300 was returned to the bill requester, Representative Essman (R) this week. We think the bill could move forward sooner than later, so we’ve moved it up on our watch list. As soon as we have language we’ll pass it along.
Not-yet-introduced bills we’re monitoring
MNA is watching these un-introduced bills and will update you when/if language is available:
|LC1670||Scot Kerns||Revise community benefit laws for NP hospitals|
|LC1820||Daniel Zolnik||Revise NP hospitals tax-exempt status laws|
|LC1821||Daniel Zolnik||Revise NP hospital community benefit spending laws|
|LC4171||Jeremy Treb||Revoke NP hospital property tax exemption|
|LC1381||Ross H Fitzg||Generally revise land ownership tax breaks for certain NPs|
|LC1873||Amy Regier||Revise laws related to NP organizations|
|LC1875||Amy Regier||Revise laws related to NP organizations|
|LC3361||Matt Regier||Revise laws for NP organizations|
|LC4024||Bill Mercer||Generally revise laws pertaining to NP organizations|
|LC3187||Steve Gist||Generally revise laws regarding NP governmental agencies|
|LC2214||Daniel Emric||Establish the NP and Charitable Organization Freedom Act|
|LC3382||Jeffrey W W||Revise gaming laws for NP and member organizations|
|LC4036||Ron Marshall||Revise NP eligibility status laws|
|LC0337||Greg Hertz||Generally revise laws related to conversion from NP to for profit|
|LC3270||Matt Regier||Revise laws related to charitable trusts|
Other Policy News
Red Tape Commission
MNA met with Lieutenant Governor Kristin Juras last week to talk through the Red Tape Commission. A reminder: if there are regulations that are unnecessarily cumbersome or innovations someone should consider related to streamlining government processes, please reach out to the Lieutenant Governor. She is interested in your thoughts and it’s not too late to submit proposals here.
Weekly Policy Call
Join Executive Director Liz Moore each Thursday, 12:30-1:00 p.m. throughout the Session for a Legislative Update.Register here.