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Hearing on sober living homes planned; Rohrabacher seeks public comments for Congressional Record

Sep 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – After encouragement from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and other members of Congress, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing regarding sober living homes in residential communities. It will take place on September 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Congressman Rohrabacher (R-CA) will testify. As will Mayor Pro Tempore of Huntington Beach Erik Peterson.

“I am grateful to Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte and Subcommittee Chairman King for their willingness to conduct this hearing to look into an issue that is so important to our country and my constituents,” said Rohrabacher. “Many of these facilities are businesses in all but name. They are often run by unscrupulous owners or operators who disregard the impact on the communities around them and are unconcerned about the well-being of the addicts they are supposedly serving. We must restore local control over these facilities.”

Federal law considers recovering drug addicts and alcoholics as disabled, so the Fair Housing Act protects them from discrimination in living accommodations. That provides legal cover for owners and operators seeking to avoid meaningful oversight by local government. Rohrabacher authored H.R. 5724, the Restoring Community Oversight of Sober Living Homes Act of 2018 earlier this year, which would fix that problem without removing the protections recovering addicts receive under normal landlord lease agreements.

The Congressman seeks comment from his constituents about their experiences with sober living homes in their neighborhoods. He plans to submit testimony he receives into the hearing record as well as the Congressional Record. Constituents may complete this form to submit their testimony.”