By BOB QUINN
Chief Executive Officer
They say cats have nine lives, and Senate Bill 400, an omnibus bipartisan housing bill, may have had more Lazarus-like power than even the toughest feline.
After a three-year debate and two down votes in the House, the legislation, which is designed to encourage additional housing development, was considered dead on the last day of the session. However, through some legislative maneuvering orchestrated by the State Senate, much of the language was finally adopted in House Bill 1661.
The ups and downs of the bill only goes to show how controversial the topic of housing has become at the State House. Many in the House of Representatives are clearly opposed to alleviating New Hampshire’s housing woes by making housing development easier and less expensive.
Skipping over most of the legislative sausage-making details, here is what the final bill does:
The legislation is going to Governor’s desk for his signature. Most of the legislation will go into effect later this summer.
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Ben Cushing, 2023 President, New Hampshire REALTORS