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  • 13 Apr 2024 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS:

    HB3499 – This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission.  It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property.  This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews.  Many of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it cannot be consistently applied.  This issue could also be more easily addressed through the OHFA rulemaking process rather than a state statute.   This has passed the Senate Finance Committee with new language.  Our organization was not given the opportunity to review this draft bill at any point prior to its presentation. You may CLICK HERE to read the new bill.  The bill can now hit the Senate Floor at any time. 

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Senator by phone and email ASAP.  We recommend you do this prior to the close of business on Monday, April 15, 2024.  We also recommend that you also request Senator Treat and Senator McCortney to not schedule this bill for the Senate Floor.  CLICK HERE for contact information for all the. 

    Talking points include:

    • This bill will cause affordable housing owners and managers to essentially lease to any felon, regardless of the situation, for fear of being sued.
    • The proposed language is too subjective, allowing for varied interpretations and risk of leading to inconsistent application.
    • The cost of compliance with HB3499 that will mitigate risk to property owners and managers will have a negative effect on the production of affordable housing.  Either the rents will need to increase or fewer units will be produced to cover the administrative burden.  Applications for tax credits are highly competitive due to the limited resources and developments with the tightest budgets are the ones that win.
    • Felons that meet certain objective criteria, which is currently fairly lenient, are already allowed to live tax credit developments.  Our developers are in the business of providing housing to low-income households and these developments only provide a return to the investors if the units are leased.  Property managers are already willing to lease to felons provided there is not a safety risk to other residents or the property. 
    • HUD and the IRS already extremely monitor the LIHTC program.  Any proposed state statutes should not impede those rules.
    • The better way to handle these changes would be the OHFA Administrative Rules process.
    • The Oklahoma based affordable housing industry advocates have not been consulted in this work and the impact to their business and industry has not been taken into consideration.
    • This is a very nuanced issue and this bill needs additional input from LOCAL IN-STATE stakeholders before passage.
    • This could lead to reduced investor demand as investors view the felons as increased risk.  The lower demand for tax credit developments in Oklahoma will lead to lower pricing for developments and increased perm debt and increased rental rates.

    When calling the Senators, a simple message with your name and a request to VOTE NO ON HB3499 is sufficient.  You may also add a succinct reason on why.


  • 8 Apr 2024 7:04 AM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS: HB3499 – This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission. It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property. This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews. Many of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it cannot be consistently applied. This issue could also be more easily addressed through the OHFA rulemaking process rather than a state statute. This has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred to the Senate Finance Committee. The Senate Finance Committee meets Monday, April 8th at 2:00pm in Room 535. Click Here for committee link. CLICK HERE to view the agenda. Click Here to view all members of the Senate Finance Committee. We recommend that you contact members of the Senate Finance Committee immediately to voice your concerns.

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Senator on the Finance Committee by phone and/or email ASAP.  CLICK HERE for contact information for all the Senators (listed under the SENATE tab).  Some submitted talking points are available here.

  • 29 Mar 2024 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS:

    HB3499 – This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission.  It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property.  This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews.  Many of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it can not be consistently applied.  This issue could also be more easily addressed through the OHFA rulemaking process rather than a state statute.   This has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and referred to the Senate Finance Committee.  The Senate Finance Committee meets Monday, April 1st at 2:00pm.   Click Here for committee link. An agenda has yet to post.  Click Hereto view all members of the Senate Finance Committee.  We recommend that you contact members of the Senate Finance Committee immediately to voice your concerns.

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Senator on the Finance Committee by phone and/or email today.  CLICK HERE for contact information for all the Senators (listed under the SENATE tab).  Some submitted talking points are available here.

    ADDITIONAL BILL UPDATES:

    HB4018 – This bill will tweak the Oklahoma Affordable Housing Act to more closely mirror the allocation of federal LIHTCs.  Any unused credits at year end may be rolled over to the following year and any returned credits may be reallocated.  This is a revenue neutral item.

    This bill has passed Committee and will be referred to the Senate Floor.

    Please contact your Senator and request they VOTE YES ON HB4018. 


  • 22 Mar 2024 7:18 PM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS:

    HB3499 – This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission.  It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property.  This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews.  Many of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it can not be consistently applied.  This issue could also be more easily addressed through the OHFA rulemaking process rather than a state statute.   This has been scheduled to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 26th in Room 4S9.  Click Here for the full meeting agenda.  Click Hereto view all members of the Judiciary Committee.  We recommend that you contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee immediately to voice your concerns.

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Senator on the Judiciary Committee by phone and/or email today.  CLICK HERE for contact information for all the Senators (listed under the SENATE tab).  Some submitted talking points are available here.

    ADDITIONAL BILL UPDATES:

    HB4018 – This bill will tweak the Oklahoma Affordable Housing Act to more closely mirror the allocation of federal LIHTCs.  Any unused credits at year end may be rolled over to the following year and any returned credits may be reallocated.  This is a revenue neutral item.

    This bill has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee on Monday,  March 25thClick Here to view the meeting details and agenda.  Click Here to view members of the Senate Finance Committee.

    Please contact your Senator and request they VOTE YES ON HB4018. 

    HB3704 – This bill will limit contingencies on real estate contracts to 180 days. This is a repeat of a previous bill (SB1168) that we fought in 2022.  This bill limits contingencies in real estate contracts for permitting, zoning, etc to 180 days.  This is simply not enough time for our developments.  An amendment is pending to remove the 180 day limit.

    This bill is scheduled to be heard in Business and Commerce Committee on Monday, March 25thClick Here to view the meeting agenda and room assignment. Click Here to view the Committee members.


  • 12 Mar 2024 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    ADDITIONAL BILL UPDATES:


    HB3704 – This bill will limit contingencies on real estate contracts to 180 days. This is a repeat of a previous bill (SB1168) that we fought in 2022. This bill limits contingencies in real estate contracts for permitting, zoning, etc to 180 days. This is simply not enough time for our developments. 

    There has been some confusion or inference to this bill applying only to contracts with the State of Oklahoma. That is NOT how the bill is written. As written, it will apply to all real estate contracts. 

    There should be no limit to the length of contingencies that buyers and sellers are willing to negotiate. There are no known issues with OREC on contingencies. 

    Please contact your Representative and Senator today and request that they VOTE NO ON HB3704!

    *Note: There is an Addendum to remove the 180-day timeline.

    HB4018 – This bill will tweak the Oklahoma Affordable Housing Act to more closely mirror the allocation of federal LIHTCs. Any unused credits at year end may be rolled over to the following year and any returned credits may be reallocated. This is a revenue neutral item.

    This bill passed the House last Friday 73-6 and will move to the Senate.

    Please contact your Senator and request they VOTE YES ON HB4018


  • 12 Mar 2024 5:23 PM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS: HB3499

    This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission. It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property. This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews. Many of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it can not be consistently appliedThis has passed the House and is moving on to the Senate. We recommend that you contact State Senators immediately to voice your concerns.

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Senator by phone and/or email today. It takes approximately an hour to call all 48 Senators about thirty minutes to email all of them. CLICK HERE for contact information for all the Senators (listed under the SENATE tab). Some submitted talking points are available here.

  • 7 Mar 2024 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS/OWNERS:

    HB3499 – This bill will add language requiring LIHTC properties only to conduct an individualized review of all criminal history records and the impact on the household’s suitability for admission.  It requires defined criminal history screening policies that state that applicants with felony convictions may only be denied housing if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property.  This policy must include criteria for lookback periods, no blanket denials and procedures for individualized reviews.  May of our property management members have indicated that this bill is too subjective and may inadvertently lead to Fair Housing issues as it can not be consistently applied.  This has been scheduled on the House Floor Agenda. It can be heard anytime after 4:30pm on Thursday, March 7th, 2024.  If this affects your business, you should reach out to your Representative and Senator and voice any concerns today!

    For those that are looking to take action, the best course is to have your staff contact every Representative by phone and/or email today.  It takes approximately one hour to call all 101 Representatives about thirty minutes to email all of them.  CLICK HERE for contact information for all the Representatives (listed under the HOUSE tab).  Some submitted talking points are available here.

  • 27 Feb 2024 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Legislative Update:

    HB3499 – West is scheduled to be heard in Committee on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 4:30pm in Room 450.  For those management companies that are concerned with this bill, click here and scroll to the bottom to see the committee members in case you’d like to reach out to any of them before the meeting.

    HB3956-Blancett that will set up an Affordable Housing Commission passed subcommittee this morning. 

    HB4018-McBride that allows for the reallocation of returned credits or rollover of unused credits passed subcommittee Monday morning. It will now move on to full committee. 


  • 21 Feb 2024 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    The 2024 Oklahoma Legislature is back in action.  There are a few bills that may be of immediate interest to our members.  We will have a more detailed tracking list out soon for our membership.  Please make sure to let us know if there are any legislative issues that are of importance to your business.

    PRIORITY BILLS:

    HB3499-West – This bill will require property owners to review the criminal history of potential renters and outline the factors to determine if the applicant is suitable.  This bill will require OHFA to collect data from property owner and to provide annual statistics.  Requires all LIHTC properties to have a defined criminal history screening policy related to felony convictions and housing of felons can only be denied if an individualized review shows that the safety of residents and the property are at risk.  At Issue:  Coalition members have expressed some concern related to an unfunded administration burden and the subjective nature of the bill leading to potential inconsistent application and Fair Housing issues. Current Status: This bill has passed the A&B Revenue & Taxation Subcommittee.  This may move on to full committee next week.   

    If this bill affects your business, you may want to take action soon. 

    HB4018-McBride – This bill is an industry request to allow any unused State LIHTC credits related to the Oklahoma Affordable Housing Act to be rolled over to the next year or any returned State LIHTC credits to be reallocated. Current Status:  This bill has been referred to the A&B Finance-Revenue & Taxation Subcommittee and will be heard on Monday, February 26, 2023 at 10:30am in Room 206. 

    BILLS OF INTEREST:

    HB3956-Blancett – This bill will establish the Oklahoma Affordable Housing Commission to address housing needs for various income levels. The bill defines income brackets, appointees and outlines responsibilities.  Creates a revolving fund to support housing initiatives.  Current Status:  Referred to A&B Select Agencies Subcommittee. 

    SB1755-Haste – This bill creates an affordable housing taskforce to study the current and future policy needs of the state to address affordable housing.  Current Status: Not yet assigned to committee.

  • 10 Feb 2024 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    HUD will hold a webinar February 27 that provides an in-depth review of Notice CPD-23-103: Departmental Policy for Addressing Radon in the Environmental Review Process published by HUD on January 11, 2024. Under this new policy notice, radon gas must now be considered in the contamination analysis required under HUD’s contamination regulations at 24 CFR Part 50.3(i) and 58.5(i). The policy goes into effect 90 days after publication for all non-tribal recipients. For all tribes, Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs), and Department of Hawaiian Homeland recipients, it goes into effect two years after publication. The policy is part of HUD’s continuing efforts to better address the risk of residential radon exposure in HUD-supported housing and other buildings. This webinar allows time for Q&A. Attendees will be able to submit questions in advance when registering. Register today!

    Audience

    This webinar is intended for HUD grantees, specifically staff who are involved with environmental reviews.

    Schedule and Registration

    HUD Policy for Addressing Radon in the Environmental Review Process
    February 27, 2024 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

    Register Now!


    For more information: Radon and HUD-Assisted Projects Webinar Series Registrar | trainings@hudexchange.info


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