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ACT NO. 47

(S.174)

A Study of Accessibility Standards for Residential Housing

This act requires the Department of Labor and Industry to study whether it would be beneficial to enact minimal accessibility standards for new construction of one, two and three family dwellings to assure that persons with disabilities have access to housing and access as visitors to other housing. The department shall issue a written report to the Joint Housing Committee, the House and Senate Committees on Health, the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs, and the Senate Committee on General Affairs and Housing no later than November 15, 1999.

This act also requires the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, in cooperation and consultation with the Departments of Labor and Industry and Health, to study the rental housing stock in Vermont with a focus on the condition of housing available to lower income Vermonters. The study must result in a working document that includes creative proposals to improve the quality of rental housing. The report shall be presented to the Joint Housing Committee and the House and Senate Committees on Health and Welfare, the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on General Affairs and Housing no later than December 31, 1999.

This act includes an appropriation of $25,000.00 to pay for consultants, contractors and other support efforts needed by the Department of Housing and Community Affairs in order to complete the study and the report.

Effective Date: May 26, 1999