The Coalition’s State Legislative Priorities

The State Legislative Session has begun! Check back here for an updated list of our top legislative priorities. Last updated 2/20/24 at 3:30 PM. Bills That are Still “Alive” After 2/13 (Deadline for Legislators to Vote Bills Out of Their House of Origin) Fund affordable housing & shelter (HB 2276, SB 6191, $70 million budget request to backfill the document recording fee shortfall) HB 2276 and SB 6191 would fund more affordable housing through the Housing Trust Fund by increasing taxes on the sale of real estate over approx. $3 million, and decreasing taxes on the sale of less valuable real estate. Because these bills are “necessary to implement the budget”, they are not subject to legislative cutoff dates. In addition, we need approx. $70 MILLION added to the budget to prevent cuts to homelessness shelter and services. This is due to a shortfall in Document Recording Fees collected in recent years. We can’t afford to lose any capacity in these vital services. Protect tenants from unreasonable rent increases (HB 2114) HB 2114 would limit rent increases to 7% each year (note: this was originally 5%, and was amended to increase the limit). Excessive rent increases force people into homelessness, and we need the legislature to act! SB 5961 (the Senate companion* bill to HB 2114) died after it was not passed out of the Senate Committee on Housing, even after it was amended to allow landlords to raise rent by up to 15% annually. This shows there will be significant advocacy needed to pass HB 2114 through the Senate. Address high insurance costs for housing providers (HB 2329) Organizations that provide housing for people with low or no income face astronomical costs to insure their buildings, and these costs are quickly going up each year. HB 2329 would commission …

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