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Connecticut Legislature Overrides Governor Veto of Affordable Housing Bill

Phil Hall
Jul 26, 2017
The Connecticut legislature overturned a veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s of a bill that rewrote a key aspect of the state’s affordable housing law

The Connecticut legislature overturned a veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s of a bill that rewrote a key aspect of the state’s affordable housing law.
 
The House voted 101-47 and the Senate voted 24-12 vote to override the veto of House Bill 6880–An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure, which simplified the procedure Connecticut’s cities and towns to qualify for moratoriums on appeals of local zoning denials under the 8-30g Affordable Housing Statute. The bill passed in the House by 116-33 vote and in the Senate on a vote of 30-6, but the governor cited historical precedent in redlining as the reason for his veto.
 
“These kinds of rules effectively price people of limited means who work in such towns out of the market,” said Malloy in his veto statement. “It is our responsibility as a state, and the responsibility of every city and town in Connecticut, to correct this injustice.”
 
State Rep. Larry Butler, D-Waterbury, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Housing Committee, disagreed with the governor’s view that the bill would encourage discrimination. “It is just a tweak of a statute that affords the opportunity for towns to determine where affordable housing will be built and that people will have housing opportunities they never had before,” he said in an Associated Press interview.

 
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