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Sober Living Homes Hearing Rescheduled to Friday, September 28, 9:00am ET

Sep 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice has rescheduled the hearing on sober living homes. It will now take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 at 9:00am ET. The hearing may be viewed live on the website of the House Judiciary Committee.

The hearing, previously postponed because of Hurricane Florence, will cover the aspects of federal law that contributed to the proliferation of sober living homes in residential neighborhoods and prevent meaningful oversight over them by local governments. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tempore Erik Peterson will testify about how that has affected Orange County.

“Sober living homes and detox centers have become a serious problem for many communities across our nation, but particularly here in Orange County,” said Rohrabacher. “We must question why and explore changes to federal law that will empower local governments to address the concerns of residents around sober living homes, as well as the well-being of the recovering addicts. Neither are well-served by the status quo, which allows the many unscrupulous operators of these homes to enrich themselves at the expense of neighborhoods and those they are claiming to help.”

Congressman Rohrabacher introduced H.R. 5724, the Restoring Community Oversight of Sober Living Homes Act of 2018 earlier this year, a bill that would narrowly amend the Fair Housing Act and the Affordable Care Act to remove federal barriers to effective management of this problem by states and local governments.