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CA Legislature Approves Bill to Spur Housing in Cities That Lag State-Mandated Goals

California lawmakers approved legislation on Monday to expand a housing law that has led to the construction of thousands of new homes, despite initial opposition from both labor unions and environmental groups, reported the Los Angeles Times. The Assembly approved the bill 52-8, and the Senate finalized it 27 to 7.

Senate Bill 423, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, would extend by a decade a state housing law set to expire in 2026. It allows developers to bypass much of the bureaucratic process often blamed for blocking construction of multifamily projects, though only in cities that lag on state-mandated housing goals. The legislation now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Wiener accepted minor amendments to the bill to clarify that it would not apply to areas that are “environmentally sensitive or hazardous, such as those that could be affected by sea level rise,” the Times reported. Dozens of cities still oppose SB 423, including several in Los Angeles County and other coastal cities in Southern California.


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