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Detail of Federal Legislative Tracking

Community Values Bills

S. 1919 Yes in My Backyard Act (YIMBY)

  • Summary: Requires certain grantees (usually localities) of the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to submit a plan to track discriminatory land use policies.   Example land use policies considered discriminatory include; single-family low density zoning, prohibiting accessory dwelling units, prohibiting short-term rentals, prohibiting home-based business, and more.
  • Status: Introduced in the Senate.  Referred to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.   Two co-sponsors.  
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Monitor

H.R. 4232 Short-Term Rentals - “Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act" or “PLAN Act"

  • Summary: Amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to stop companies from profiting when they are knowing facilitating transactions of illegal goods and services.  The bill would ensure that community covenants addressing short-term rentals make it clear that Section 230 does not shield short-term rental platforms from complying with state and local laws.
  • Status: Introduced in the House.  Referred to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.  Five co-sponsors.  
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Support

Professional Licensing Bills

H.R. 1893 /S. 697 Fair Chance Licensing Act

  • Summary: To reform sentencing, prisons, re-entry of prisoners, and law enforcement practices, and for other purposes. The legislation outlines specific information that an agency may not consider in determining whether to disqualify an individual from occupational certification; including unrelated  convictions, juvenile adjudication, misdemeanor with no  imprisonment, a felony of more than 5 years old a misdemeanor more than a year old.
  • Status: Introduced in the House.  Referred to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. Two co-sponsors.   Companion bill Introduced in the Senate.  Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Monitor

S. 379 Permit 529 Account to Pay for Recognized Postsecondary Credential or License

  • Summary: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit amounts paid for programs to obtain a recognized postsecondary credential or a license to be treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of a 529 account.
  • Status: Introduced in the Senate. Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.  Four co-sponsors.
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Monitor

S. 2123 Break the Higher Education Act of 2019

  • Summary: This legislation provides financial assistance (Pell grants) that individuals can use to get training that would prepare them to seek a credential from a private certification organization, which indirectly benefits certification programs and individuals seeking certification.
  • Status: Introduced in the Senate. Referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Monitor

Communication Bills

H.R. 466 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2019

  • Summary: This legislation reviews the amateur radio regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.
  • Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
  • CAI Position Recommendation: Monitor


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