CAA-sponsored bill that would give teeth to housing law passes Senate Judiciary Committee

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a CAA-sponsored bill to help prevent local governments from arbitrarily denying housing projects.

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra

AB 678 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, aims to prevent local governments from arbitrarily denying housing projects and would do so by adding much-needed teeth to California’s Housing Accountability Act.

The Housing Accountability Act requires that local governments follow certain legal mandates before denying housing projects that comply with their general plan and zoning rules. AB 678 would impose penalties, including fines for governments that fail to comply with the act. That money would be placed in a housing trust fund for the construction of affordable housing. On Wednesday, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the Appropriations Committee.

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