Legislation overhauling the State’s Fair Housing Act and affordable housing policy has been held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee after initially moving quickly through the legislature.
First announced on Monday, December 18, at a joint press conferencewith Assembly Speaker Coughlin and Senate President Scutari, joined by Assemblywoman Lopez and Senator Singleton, A-4was added to Assembly Housing Committee agenda for a hearing on Wednesday, December 20.
After being favorably reported out of the Housing Committee, A-4 was then scheduled for review in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday, January 4, but was ultimately held.
A-4’s Senate companion, S-4251, has been introduced and referred to the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee but has not been reviewed by the committee.
Given the pace at which the legislation was moving through the Assembly it was anticipated that the full Assembly could vote on the measure on January 8, the last day before the start of the new legislative session.
The League has identified several concerns with the legislation and has communicated these to the sponsors, and offered amendments that could improve the bill and help municipalities reach their affordable housing goals. We encourage our members to review the bills to understand the impact the changes, if adopted, would have on your own affordable housing obligations.
We understand the legislation will be taken up early in the next legislative session, starting January 9. Because it is a new legislative session, the bills will have to begin the process anew and once again undergo committee review. The first meeting of legislative committees for the new session is scheduled for January 25, and we anticipate the legislation to be on committee agendas then.
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