The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands 2020 Fair Housing Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNMI_2020FairHousingSurvey

The Northern Marianas Housing Corporation is currently conducting a study concerning fair housing. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” (AI), the study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition for receiving Federal housing and community development funds.

The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), in the rental and real estate markets and the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that may inadvertently lead to housing discrimination.

This AI process includes soliciting the opinions of persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. As such, you are being asked to take part in this survey to provide your opinions and experiences regarding fair housing in the CNMI.

Your answers are anonymous and will only be reported in a compilation with other responses. The survey should take less than ten minutes. Thank you for your time.

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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