Wiener’s Big Housing Bill (SB 50) Shelved Anew

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Following in the footsteps of Senator Scott Wiener’s original “transit-rich housing bonus” Bill 827 which was killed last year, Wiener’s follow-up bill, Senate Bill 50 (SB50), which would allow for taller buildings to rise near job-rich areas and transit hubs across California, has been effectively shelved by the Senate’s Appropriations Committee for at least another seven months.

Amendments to the bill could still be made in the interim, but having just been designated a “two-year” bill by the committee’s chairman, Senator Anthony Portantino, the bill won’t qualify for advancement until the start of the new legislative session in January of next year.

And keep in mind that two-year bills that don’t clear their house of origin by the end of January of their second year (in this case, January 31, 2020) automatically die.





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