The intent of SB 6518 is to create a Department of Housing committed to ensuring every citizen has a place to call home. The bill determines broad outlines for this department leaving specific details of its internal organization to those charged with its administration. The bill would establish that the executive head of the department is its director and would be appointed by the governor. The direct would supervise and administer the activities of the department and advise the governor and the legislature with respect to housing matters affecting the state. The bill would transfer all duties, powers, and functions of the Department of Commerce relating to housing, including, homelessness, to the Department of Housing; this includes physical items, such as documents, records, or files as well as employees.
SB 6518 was heard and exec'd in the Senate Human Services, Mental Health and Housing committee. It then went to Ways and Means, however, did not get scheduled for a hearing. Therefore the bill is dead.