Voters have begun the process of picking a successor to Eric Johnson, who left the Texas Legislature to become Dallas mayor.
U.S. Senator Introduces Yes In My Backyard Act to Encourage Communities to Cut Regulations and Increase Housing Supply
On June 20, 2019 U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act to shed light on discriminatory land use policies, encourage localities cut burdensome regulations, and bring a new level of transparency to the community development process. Instead of adopting inclusive land use policies that allow citizens of all income levels, backgrounds, and identities to live, work, and flourish in their city or town, some communities are building paper walls of regulations around themselves that negatively affect and sometimes discriminate against low- and middle-income Americans.
Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to improve the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, as well as provide it with additional resources.
Several cities, including Dallas and McKinney, are asking Governor Greg Abbot to veto HB2439. The bill bars cities from mandating construction regulations that are above and beyond national codes.
Dallas area Representative Eric Johnson’s anti-corruption bill (HB 4370) related to removing all elected officials from the scoring process for Housing Tax Credit development applications has officially died.