California housing bills delayed until August

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While cap-and-trade legislation barreled ahead Monday, a package of bills dealing with California’s runaway housing costs has been delayed.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement with state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Monday afternoon saying the housing package would not be finalized until the Legislature returned from its summer recess, which ends Aug. 21. 

The leaders emphasized their commitment to solving the state's affordability housing crisis.  

“The package of legislation we are all working on will help ensure Californians won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to have a roof over their head. It will include a general obligation bond, a permanent funding source for affordable housing and regulatory reform. This comprehensive approach does what's long been needed in California – build new homes and improve access to housing. We look forward to finalizing this package upon return from summer recess,” the state leaders said.

A group of Democratic legislators who had been pushing for action on housing had hoped they could pass the housing package before the recess.

Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom, a member of the group, told KPCC on Friday that the governor’s insistence on passing the climate change legislation gave legislators leverage to push the housing bills.

But it became clear by Monday afternoon, with no floor votes on housing scheduled, that the package would have to wait.

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