In case you missed it:
Legal Right to Counsel starts June 1, 2022. This initiative provides free legal assistance to families and individuals in Kansas City, Missouri facing eviction. Counsel will be provided by The Heartland Center for Jobs and Freedom, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the UMKC Fellows program. Contracts with these three organizations will total $700,000. Check out the City’s official press release here.
A bill that bans individuals from sleeping on state-owned land passed both state chambers and now heads to Governor Parson’s desk. It allows the state attorney general to sue local governments that don’t enforce the ban and requires local governments to financially support services like mental health treatments and short-term housing. If signed by Governor Parson, this bill will go into effect January 1, 2023. Read the bill here.
Updates from last week:
Councilmember Bough is spearheading an update to the City’s building codes that seeks to make them more environmentally friendly. The City currently operates under the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and this proposed ordinance would bring Kansas City in line with the current 2021 IECC. This ordinance will be heard before the Neighborhood Planning and Development Committee on June 8 at 1:30pm. You can submit testimony and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Councilmember Bough at email@example.com or her aide Katrina Foster firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Click here to read the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code.
Upcoming this week:
All standing City committees, business, and legislative sessions are on vacation this week and will not meet.