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Housing Votes Delayed At California Capitol

Real estate signs advertise the sale of three houses in a row in Encinitas in...

Photo by Associated Press

Above: Real estate signs advertise the sale of three houses in a row in Encinitas in San Diego County, July 13, 2006.

The California Legislature will not vote on a package of housing bills Friday after all.

The word came Friday morning from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's office, and confirmed by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon's office, , delaying debate on the measures until after Labor Day weekend.

One Assembly Democrat was absent Friday which left two cornerstones of the housing bill package one vote short of the two-thirds threshold for passage. The revenue-generating measures, a $4 billion housing bond and a document fee on real estate transactions, both required supermajority votes.

With Republicans expected to unanimously oppose those revenue bills, every Senate and Assembly Democrat must vote yes for the measures to pass.

It is unknown at this time if the real estate fee has the votes to pass the Assembly.

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There is also at least one unresolved issue: Negotiations continue over a measure that would allow cities and counties to apply their "inclusionary housing" ordinances to new rental unit construction. That is where local governments can require a certain percentage of units built to be priced affordable for low-income people.

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