Governor Patrick signs City of Boston Home Rule into Law
Governor Patrick signed a City of Boston home rule into law on Wed May 21st to update the enabling legislation for the Boston Fair Housing Commission. Representative Byron Rushing sponsored this bill, which:
Updates BFHC’s enabling legislation (for the first time since 1994) to make it consistent with current local, state, and federal housing discrimination laws.
Adds the term "gender identity" as a protected class and ensures that any additional protected classes that may be added in the future will fall under BFHC’s enforcement authority.
Clarifies that, in accordance with state and federal laws, no dwelling owner is allowed to publish discriminatory ads or make discriminatory statements.
Codifies the existing practice that judicial review of BFHC decisions be in accordance with MGL Chapter 30A, Section 14, the standard used for review of most state and local administrative agencies.