SALEM NEWS: Hill named to housing bond committee

Salem News covers Representative Brad Hill's recent appointment to the housing bond bill conference committee.

The state House and Senate have moved two major bills concerning housing into conference committees, the six-member panels that are responsible for hashing out the details of most major laws.

Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, was named a member of the housing bond bill conference committee. He will be joined by the committee chairmen Rep. Kevin Honan and Sen. Joseph Boncore, Rep. Joseph McGonagle and South Shore Sens. John Keenan and Patrick O'Connor.

Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and Sen. Michael Rodrigues will lead the conference charged with agreeing on a bill governing the taxation and regulation of short-term housing accommodations. Reps. Sarah Peake and Jay Barrows and Sens. Karen Spilka and Ryan Fattman will also serve on the conference committee.

A bill calling for additional state borrowing to maintain state assets and facilities is already in conference.

The conferees will try to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills, with the goal of producing compromise proposals that can be sent to Gov. Charlie Baker for his signature before the end of formal legislative sessions on July 31.

“Representative Hill has a clear understanding of the issues that serve as barriers to affordable housing for low and moderate income residents in Massachusetts,” said House Minority Leader Bradley Jones. “Brad will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the conference committee as it works to produce a bill that will promote affordable housing construction, create incentives to rehabilitate and modernize public housing, and support affordable housing opportunities.”

Hill, the assistant House minority leader, represents Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rowley, Topsfield, and Wenham.

Material from Michael P. Norton of the State House News Service was used in this report.