Bill would Restructure Short Term Rental Taxes

  • April 9, 2021

What is happening? California is considering SB 555 that would create a statewide collection system for short term rental taxes directly from the short term rental platforms. SB 555 (2021 | CA)

Why is this important? This bill does not prohibit local agencies who want to continue with their own Voluntary Collection Agreements and allows cities to opt in.

How will this be important? Short term rentals appear to have faster trajectory to a new normal than hotels. Fewer people in the space = fewer germs mentality.

North Bay Business Journal | California legislation seeks to create state-run vacation rental tax revenue system

Prohibit Ag Land Sale to Non-Profits

  • April 9, 2021

What’s happening? Montana is considering legislation to prevent agricultural land from being sold to a non-profit. HB 677 (2021 | MT) Seem unusual? Well, it is allegedly aimed at stopping the American Prairie Reserve from acquiring land. The bill excepts all other nonprofits except land trusts, public lands and conservation organizations.

Why is this important? Land owners, ranchers, wildlife vs. environmental conservations is a perennial legislative fight.

How will this be important? Can you envision legislation that would prevent sales of property to people who are citizens of certain countries? Or work in certain industries? Sounds eerily familiar to bills that divest funds from certain interests

Missoula Current | Bill aims to limit nonprofit land buys; opponents see infringement on property rights

Anatomy of North Carolina’s Eminent Domain Reform Bill

  • April 9, 2021

What’s happening? North Carolina legislature has passed with bipartisan support an eminent domain bill HB271 (2021 | NC) that fortifies public use requirement, require just compensation be determined by a a jury, and requires voter approval to add these requirements to the NC Constitution.

Why is this important? NC legislators want to eliminate “public benefit” as a means of utilizing eminent domain authority and wants a more robust look of property value.

How will this be important? We should see states follow suit with the jury requirement for valuation.

North State Journal | House bill would limit eminent domain

Local Ordinance. Evict Violent Tenants. No Rent Raising.

  • April 9, 2021

What’s happening? The District of Columbia passed an ordinance that will allow landlords to evict violent tenants but prohibit rent increases.

Why is this important? D.C. is stepping back from its pandemic-related tenant protections 

How will this be important? The standard DC adopts is key- whether a tenant poses a physical risk to others. Does your state protect against violent neighbors?

Washington Post | D.C. Council votes to let landlords evict dangerous tenants, but not to raise rents

North Carolina re-defining Public Use

  • March 26, 2021

What’s happening? North Carolina is considering HB 271 (2021 |NC) that would re-define public use by eliminating public benefit from the calculus.

Why is this important? its something property rights advocates have wanted for a long while, since at least 2005. Interestingly, the John Locke Foundation, thinks the bill could go even further.

How will this be important? Property rights bills aren’t disappearing. The US has limited land all the while, the population increases. People have strong feelings about the government taking their land.

The Daily Advance | House bill takes aim at eminent domain for ‘public use’

1st 3D Printed Homes for the Homeless

  • March 26, 2021

What’s happening? ICON partnered with nonprofit Mobile Loaves and Fishes to create the anti-homelessness “village” in Austin, TX. Internationally, ICON partners with New Story, a U.S.-based nonprofit.

Why is this important? This isn’t a one trick pony on one side of the political isle, ICON is also printing military barracks. Keep your eyes on them. Big things ahead.

How will this be important? “Having this capability where you’re not just building temporary facilities but can leave behind infrastructure that can get a foothold and begin the recovery – that has the possibility to become transformative,” –Lieutenant Colonel Alex Goldberg, a lead with the Defense Innovation Unit.

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+1 City Black Lives Matters & Housing Discrimination Policies

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? Evanston IL is set to be the first U.S. city to offer reparation money to Black residents whose families suffered lasting damage from policies that effectively banned Black residents from renting or owning store fronts. Residents can use funds toward their homes, home repairs and home improvements.

Why is this important? Black Lives Matter and other social justice issues have shed light onto historic and current discriminatory treatment.

Why will this be important? This is not going away. Or in the wise words of my Great Uncle Helge, say what you mean and mean what you say. Equal treatment under the law means equal treatment as Uncle Helge would say.

Reuters | Chicago suburb’s plan to pay Black residents reparations could be a national model

State v. Local Government. Property Development.

  • March 25, 2021

What’s happening? The State of California is suing San Diego County for permitting development in areas that are prone to wildfires. At issue is the impact statements concerning the land development.

Why is this important? This sounds very familiar to large urban area that had housing developments in areas deemed as flood plains and then Hurricane Harvey happened.

Why will this be important? There’s no new land. There’s only the land we have and a growing population, which means land is going to be developed and the levels of government will determine the rules for development.

San Francisco Chronicle via Governing | California Sues San Diego Over Its High Fire-Risk Housing

Al Eminent Domain Bill Says no to Green Space

  • March 18, 2021

What’s happening? SB105 (2021 | AL) would prohibit the use of eminent domain to create green space.

Why is this important? The issue in this bill is the perennial eminent domain issue- property owners want to feel good about the transaction.

How will this be important? Until entities that use eminent domain start talking about eminent domain use in a positive way where everyone feels good about what happened, they’ll continue this. Just be nicer, and this will be a cake walk.

News 19 | North Alabama officials worried anti-eminent domain bill could jeopardize greenways

Texas tackles Discriminatory Deeds

  • March 18, 2021

What’s happening? The Lt. Governor of Texas press release lists his legislative priorities included is SB 30 (2021 | TX) that would remove discriminatory provisions in deeds.

Why is this important? More jurisdictions are addressing systemic historical racism.

How will this be important? Black Lives Matter and COVID are putting more focus on cleaning up laws or actions that disproportionately impacts communities of color.