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As session's end looms, one Democrat says more should have been done to address affordable housing

A sign taped in a window says "for rent" in red block letters
Robert Linder

This is the final week of Florida’s regular legislative session and House Minority Leader Evan Jenne (D-Dania Beach) said he’s disappointed by how little he feels has been accomplished—especially when it comes to the state’s housing crisis.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a lot done and a real emphasis placed on helping every day Floridians," Jenne said. "We’ve seen nothing done to address the hyperinflation that is rental rates in the state of Florida right now. We’ve seen nothing done to try to drive down insurance costs in that market. So unfortunately, nothing has been done, [except] a few very slight and minuscule changes, that is going to do anything to make sure Floridians stay in their homes right now.”

Jenne says the majority of this session has been dominated by what he calls “constant culture war” issues, which he says "don’t address really anything that impacts Floridians’ ability to lead a prosperous life.”

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