Housing Conference Committee update

The Housing Conference Committee met a handful of times to review the differences between the House and Senate proposals during session. During the last days of session, leaders awarded the conference committee with a General Fund target of $10 million. Previously, the Senate Republicans had a budget target of $0 for this budget area, while House Democrats target was $18.5 million.

While the budget target has been finalized there is still significant work to be done by the time special session occurs. The remaining issues include how the General Fund target will be spent, as well as some of the following policy issues: the transition away from the eviction moratorium, prohibiting local units of government from requiring some additional requirements on builders, and a prohibition on local units of government from enacting rent controls.

To address these issues, working groups are being formed to review these issues and are charged with coming to a consensus so action can be taken during special session in June.