Area homebuyers grappling with affordability challenges and lack of diversity in housing choices will soon see significant relief thanks to the Texas Legislature. HB 2439, which passed by overwhelming majorities in the House (133 to 9) and Senate (26 to 5), was signed into law by the governor and becomes effective on Sept. 1.
The new law prevents local governments from enforcing regulations that artificially make housing less attainable for working families by forcing them to choose more expensive products in the design and construction of their home. The law also helps local material suppliers and contractors who were previously limited or prohibited from doing business in some of the area’s fastest-growing cities.
In the hearings that preceded the bill’s passage, much of the opposing testimony came from suppliers and contractors who contended their business depended on local product mandates. Testimony in favor of the bill came from those whose business was correspondingly crippled by them.