The 2021 Regular Legislative Session has come to an end, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work we have been able to accomplish as we all learned new and unprecedented ways to stay connected with each of you. This session, we passed a $46.4 billion biennium budget with a $2.3 billion surplus that is strong on taxes, offers relief from the ravages of COVID-19, helps jumpstart our economy, and invests in our cities and towns, nonprofits and working families.
This legislation will add clarity, transparency and consistency to the state zoning statutes, so towns and cities have more certainty and guidance in developing and enforcing local zoning regulations. I am happy to report that we have negotiated from a position of strength and a clear and rational approach to deal with zoning. I have carefully advocated in favor of local control and I’m confident that the bill we passed in the House will maintain that local control.