The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) reports the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1751 that would require all Housing and Urban Development code (HUD Code) manufactured homes be sold with a weather radio. During the hearing, Rep Barney Frank (D-MA.) proposed the establishment of a bi-partisan group within the Housing Committee to thoroughly examine all the laws that affect manufactured housing, including public and private financing. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Chairwoman of the Housing Subcommittee, confirmed that a hearing will be held on manufactured housing issues in the Fall. She is also receptive to Rep. Frank’s call for a bi-partisan group to analyze manufactured housing issues before or after the hearing. The weather radio legislation was approved and will be sent to the House floor for a vote. While the radio bill does not exempt manufacturers from civil liability, it does protect them from Subpart I liability.
For more details, see the full MHARR flash report here.