Affordable housing sounds nice, but new bills look to destroy neighborhoods

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To the Editor:
Bills pertaining to housing would normally get vetted by the House Municipal and County Government Committee. But a recently created "stacked" committee is vetting housing bills and sure to give them a good recommendation, whether they deserve it or not.
Did you think the "House Special Committee on Housing" would conduct fair hearings considering it is made up of 7 of the 8 sponsors of some bills?
As predicted, HB 1291 and HB 1399 were both recommended as "OTP" by this committee. If you cherish your single-family neighborhood you MUST write to the full House and tell them to vote NO on "OTP" when these bills come to the floor.
Likewise, a Senate committee deemed SB 538 as "OTP". You must write to all 24 Senators to ask them to vote NO on "OTP". SB 538 is called the HOMEnibus bill, and would be completely devastating to towns that want to preserve single-family zoning.
Most homeowners have no idea what is going on and may end up finding out the hard way if these outrageous powergrabs pass.
Please visit for more details on how to contact your legislators.
The American Policy Center has a good article that tells the history of this movement which has been going on for a very long time. Look it up: "YIMBYs, Workforce Housing, and Community Land Trusts: All Means to an End to Private Property".
- Jane Aitken,
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