council works the capitol halls as legislative deadlines near

State lawmakers were working furiously this week to wrap up the current legislative session and the Bay Area Council was working furiously to ensure passage of a raft of bills that we are either sponsoring or supporting. Today (Aug. 17) is the deadline for bills to pass muster with appropriations committees in both the Assembly and Senate. Three bills the Council is sponsoring were still moving forward along with four other bills we are supporting.

The bills we are sponsoring include SB 828 (Wiener), which would increase accountability on cities to meet their housing obligations, SB 1227 (Skinner), which would expand student housing, and AB 2596, which we are co-sponsoring with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and would authorize the creation of a statewide economic strategy. The bills the Council is supporting include easing the path for building housing near BART, streamlining environmental review for a new Oakland A’s stadium, speeding up rebuilding in the wake of the devastating North Bay fires and easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units. To engage in the Council’s government relations work, please contact Senior Director Cornelious Burke.

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