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Legislative Review

Battered and bruised

Workforce housing legislation, language from SB 400, the so-called "toolbox" bill, survived the Committee of Conference established for HB 1661, although many provisions supported by BIA and other housing advocates had to be sacrificed to get the support of House Republican leadership. Nonetheless, some important tools remain in the tool box for those municipalities wishing to increase the availability of workforce housing in their communities. We'll take this as a victory as it seemed for some time that the entire bill was going to be stripped from HB 1661. The House and Senate will be meeting on Thursday to vote on all Conference Committee reports. Since House and Senate leadership have agreed on all the reports submitted, we're not expecting any surprises. All that remains is to see how Gov. Chris Sununu views the dozens of bills that will soon be crossing his desk.