Public housing law risky (editorial) | al.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama _ There are good laws and then there are well-intentioned laws with unintended consequences.

The law requiring the Huntsville Housing Authority to disclose its real estate purchase plans ahead of time is an example of the latter.

While this newspaper stands behind government transparency, The Times also believes in complying with civil rights and federal fair housing laws.

After two failed attempts in previous legislative sessions, the notification law was approved in the 2012 Alabama legislative session and takes effect Aug. 1.

It should not have been passed while questions loomed over its legality.

Repealing the law now is not practical since the Legislature doesn’t reconvene until spring. Local officials should ask a court to temporarily suspend the law to avert a costly lawsuit.

A delay would buy time for a final legal interpretation while also sparking a public discussion over just what kind of community we want to be.

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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