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Legislature Rejects Oklahoma Bill to Require Voter Approval on LIHTC Developments

Wednesday, March 12, 2003 - 1:45AM

A bill that would have required voter approval before apartment developers using low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC) to finance projects could begin construction was rejected on the Oklahoma House floor this week in a 39-59 vote. House Bill 1561, by Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Del City), would have required developers of LIHTC projects to notify residents who live within the six square miles surrounding a proposed development before beginning a project. Those residents would then have had to approve the housing in a public vote funded by the developer. Upon the bill’s rejection, Calvey indicated he may bring the bill up for reconsideration, a procedural move that could allow a second vote. Click here for the text of H.B. 1561.

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