Millett's HB 238 Passes House, Heads to Senate
HB 238 protects familial status under fair housing laws
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Bill 238, legislation protecting families from discrimination by landlords. Representative Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill
HB 238 changes the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act by removing language that could be used to deny families housing. The “number of person under 18 years of age in the household” is listed under reasonable grounds for rejecting sublease to a tenant. This is inconsistent with the listing of familial status as a protected class under federal fair housing law and could lead landlords to deny housing to families under those grounds.
“HB 238 brings Alaska’s Landlord Tenant Act in line with the Federal Fair Housing Act,” Millett said. “Not only will this proposed bill ensure that Alaska continues to receive federal housing program funding which averages to about $6 million a year, but it also ensures that landlords treat potential tenants fairly no matter what their family situation is.”
HB 238 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.