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Major California housing bill down but not dead, Healdsburg senator says

A landmark bill to spur housing development statewide, including near transit centers such as the North Bay’s commuter train line, will be revived next year after being shelved this week by a committee chairman, state Sen. Mike McGuire said Friday.

McGuire, who co-authored Senate Bill 50, said he intended to work through summer and fall to improve the legislation, which seeks pave the way for denser residential development near job centers and transit stops. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday dealt the legislation a critical blow by designating it a “two-year bill,” a move that blocks it from advancing until January.