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State News: There's A Housing Stalemate on Beacon Hill


From The Boston Globe: Governor Charlie Baker’s Act to Promote Housing Choices looks like a modest proposal. It would allow communities to change some zoning rules with a simple majority vote, instead of requiring — as state law does — two-thirds of a local government’s council or town meeting to agree.

But a year after Baker pitched the idea, it remains in legislative limbo, having fizzled out at the end of the formal session this summer. Now its backers, including Baker, are trying to move it through informal sessions — when a single “no” vote can torpedo a bill — hoping to get the change on the books in time for next spring’s round of town meetings.

Housing Choice

 Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Housing Choice Initiative | Mass. gov

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