As of Monday, April 30, House Bill No. 383 was voluntarily deferred in the House Appropriations Committee at the request of Louisiana REALTORS® and the author. Due to state budgetary issues, we do not anticipate this legislation being able to complete the legislative process. Therefore, the bill will not advance any further this session.
House Bill No. 383 would have likely passed if the measures had been adopted to balance the budget in the 2018 First Special Session. While many committee members were in favor of the bill, they were hesitant to vote in favor of a bill with a large fiscal note just after having cut other programs in the budget. "As an organization, we did not want to subject our friends to criticism for voting for a bill that we know will not advance during these uncertain budgetary times," said Norman Morris CEO.
Representative Paula Davis has agreed to file a resolution encouraging the Legislature to explore and support efforts to assist first-time home buyers in future sessions. "The 500-plus REALTORS® who converged on the Capitol last week deomonstrated the importance of assisting first-time home buyers and ensured the likelihood of successful legislation to assist these buyers in the future," said Kim Callaway - Director of Legal & Governmental Affairs. "We greatly appreciate your efforts, which will go a long way in advancing this legislation in the future," said Callaway.