The House and Senate wrapped up pre-session committee weeks December 3, 2021 and legislators returned to their home districts for the holiday season. The 2022 legislative session will start Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and committees will then resume meeting.
In the final days of pre-session committee hearings, the Senate Judicial Committee voted 7-4 in favor of SB 620 sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson. This bill will next be heard by the Senate Rules Committee. On the House side, the Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee voted 11-4 in favor of HB 403 sponsored by Rep. Mike Giallombardo. This bill has been forwarded to the House Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee to be heard.
SB 620 LOCAL GOVERNMENT and HB 569 BUSINESS DAMAGES CAUSED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS (sponsored by Rep. Lawrence McClure): If passed into law, these bills will give businesses power to dictate what ordinances local elected officials can enact. The bills allow for a business that suffers a minimum of 15% profit loss related to an enacted ordinance to file a lawsuit against the local government.
SB 280 LOCAL ORDINANCES (sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson) and HB 403 LOCAL ORDINANCES: If passed into law will force local governments to decide between enacting necessary ordinances to protect its stakeholders – residents, businesses, and visitors – or increase your taxes.
After the Senate was originally going to hear the Bill in the Rules Committee on several occasions the bill has been delayed yet again. This is a good sign because this means that they cannot agree on the language of the bill. However, there is still time for them to push this bill through in its final week. We still need YOUR support! Don’t hesitate to click on our TAKE ACTION Page and share your thoughts as to why the Senate should Oppose SB522!
SB522 will be heard in the Senate Rules Committee this Wednesday, April 20th @ 8:30 AM. Although the bill has been amended, the principle still stands against local regulation of vacation rentals. Please click the “Take Action” button in the top right to fight this change! Don’t forget to share your personal experience to explain to the committee members why they need to prevent the bill from going any further in the Senate!
After the Senate scaled back its version of the bill, the House Ways and Means committee met on Monday 3/22/2021 and postponed consideration of a measure that would limit the authority of local governments to regulate vacation-rental properties.
HB219 has been added to Ways & Means Committee agenda, for meeting on 03/22/2021 12:30 PM
The Senate Appropriations Committee amended SB 522 ahead of their most recent meeting before finding the bill favorable and sending it to the Rules Committee. This is more than likely not the last time that this bill will be amended as there are still a few steps in the legislative process for this bill.