Now that the deadline to introduce new bills for the second year of California’s two-year legislative session has passed, Policy Associate Muhammad Alameldin and Policy Director David Garcia have written an overview of the key housing-related issues the legislature will take up and the housing-related bills that we will be watching this session.
The first year of the session saw the passage of several signature bills, including Senate Bill 9, meant to tackle the state’s housing challenges in meaningful ways. 2022 is likely to see comparatively more incremental progress on the state’s housing affordability goals, in part due to once-in-a-decade statewide redistricting and current seat vacancies which are impacting the political landscape.
This year, policymakers will focus on utilizing the budget surplus to make historic investments in housing and homelessness, building housing on sites used for other purposes, including school and commercial lands, making precise fixes to existing housing policy, and reintroducing previous legislation. Read the summary blog post and find a full list of 71 housing-related bills here.