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CoStar: “Florida Governor Signs Beefed Up Live Local Act”

Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill amending Florida’s Live Local Act, enhancing the policy’s provisions that aim to limit red tape, spur new development and lower housing costs.

The Urbanist: “Boost Seattle’s Growth Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis”

Ryan Donohue, Chief Advocacy Officer at Habitat for Humanity, argues that to solve Seattle’s housing crisis, the city must create a comprehensive plan that includes zoning reform, pro-development policies and affordable housing incentives.

Los Angeles Times: “High housing costs may be California’s biggest problem. The state’s politics haven’t caught up”

A new poll from the Los Angeles Business Council and Los Angeles Times demonstrates that high housing costs create significant obstacles for California residents.

Connecticut Public Radio: “CT bill aimed at creating new housing near transportation hubs dies in state Senate”

HB 5390, also known as the “Work, Live, Ride” bill, failed to reach the governor’s desk before the close of Connecticut’s legislative session on May 8th.

Streets.nm: “What New Statewide Polling Teaches Us About Housing and Land Use Policy”

A recent poll from the Minneapolis-based organization Neighbors for More Neighbors — and partners Sierra Club, ISAIAH and Move Minnesota Action — highlights that housing affordability is a leading priority for Minnesotans, and that there is notable support among voters for land use and zoning reforms.

Boston Business Journal: “Industry groups attack Healey’s proposed real estate transfer fees”

The proposed real estate transfer fees in Governor Healey’s housing package would allow Massachusetts municipalities to charge a fee on residential sales over $1 million or a county’s median sale price, with the revenue going toward affordable housing.

Denver7: “Colorado governor, lawmakers tout housing bills as legislative accomplishments”

Colorado’s housing shortage was a leading priority for the state’s legislature this year with lawmakers adopting several housing policies.

StarTribune: “State housing bills are dead; time for local leaders to step up”

Tobias Peter of the AEI Housing Center argues that lawmakers should spur housing construction by cutting red tape, including allowing individuals to build on smaller lots, reducing parking requirements or opening up commercial areas for mixed-use development.

HousingWire: “Congressional lawmakers form bipartisan real estate caucus”

U.S. Representatives Mark Alford (R-MS), J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Tracey Mann (R-KS) and Brittany Petterson (D-CO) recently established the Bipartisan Congressional Real Estate Caucus, a group aiming to promote policies that will allow the real estate industry and American economy to thrive.

CT Mirror: “CT House passes expansive housing bill, with nod to New Canaan”

Last week, Connecticut’s House of Representatives passed H.B. 5474, an expansive housing bill that, among other provisions, incentivizes towns to allow more duplexes and townhomes and allows for abandoned nursing homes to be converted into affordable housing without a special zoning hearing.

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