HARTFORD – State RepresentativesLivvy Floren (R-149) voted to override Gov. Malloy’s veto of H.B. 6880, An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure during a veto session yesterday, July 24, 2017. The Governor vetoed the bill after it passed both the House (116-33) and Senate (30-6) during the regular session.
The bill lowers the requirements for municipalities to reach a moratorium on affordable housing construction. Currently, cities and towns that cannot meet the threshold are vulnerable to predatory developers who can bypass local zoning laws. The language in this bill expands the unit types that count toward moratorium, adds more weight to certain unit types and reduces the threshold for smaller cities and towns making moratorium more achievable. Towns are required to have a specified number of affordable housing units, which has been problematic for some local governments. This legislation is designed to alleviate some of that burden.
“This bill was about giving towns more autonomy over local development,” said Rep. Floren. “Federal issues should be dealt with by the federal government, state issues should be handled by the state governments and local issues should remain in the hands of municipal governments. While the existing law is well intended, we must be mindful of the struggles faced by our towns as this fiscal crisis continues and provide them with the flexibility they need to operate effectively and efficiently.”
In order to override a veto by the Governor, each chamber must repass the bill with a two-thirds vote, meaning at least 101 votes would be needed in the House and 24 would be needed in the Senate. H.B. 6880 received the required votes in the House of Representatives (101-47) and the Senate (24-12). The veto has been overridden.