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6/14/2024 Assembly approves Chairman Craven and Sen. LaMountain’s legislation to increase housing production
Bills are part of Speaker Shekarchi’s 2024 legislative package addressing the housing crisis in Rhode Island
STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly today approved legislation introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairmen Robert E. Craven and Sen. Matthew L. LaMountain to increase home construction within the state.  The legislation is part of House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi’s (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) 15-bill package of legislation to address Rhode Island’s housing crisis.   
“Our state’s housing crisis has reached an unsustainable level that is creating significant levels of stress, fear and anxiety for our residents.  This problem has been many years in the making and we will not be able to fix it overnight.  However, this bill, and others in the Speaker’s housing package, will go a long way in addressing the complex and time-consuming levels of red tape that often hinder the much-needed construction of homes for our residents,” said Representative Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown).
“Red tape, in conjunction with complex and wide-ranging approval procedures, has limited Rhode Island’s housing stock for decades.  We are now living with the consequences and our residents are desperate for more housing.  Thankfully, this bill should help cut down on the confusion and obstacles that often accompany housing development, hopefully leading to building the homes that our residents need,” said Senator LaMountain (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston).
The legislation (2024-H 7949Aaa, 2024-S 3001A) would make amendments and clarifications to various provisions relative to subdivision of land review, review stages, special provisions related to development, and the procedures for approvals from various permitting authorities. It is based upon feedback from municipalities and the RI American Planners Association.
The bill now heads to the governor for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903