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Bill Targets Real Estate Agent Role In Housing Discrimination

John Bazemore

A proposed law in New York would require real estate agents to take extra training to prevent segregation and housing discrimination.

The bill is part of a series of legislative efforts to address housing discrimination from real estate agencies. This practice was exposed in a Newsday investigation.

Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre is a sponsor on the legislation to increase training for real estate brokers.

She says Long Island needs to dismantle its legacy of segregation.

“This is 2020, so we should be moving in a direction where you can live wherever you want to live. Your tour guide, which is your real estate agent, should not steer you in one direction versus another direction.”

Jean-Pierre has also proposed a bill that would increase fines and strip licenses from real estate agents for housing discrimination.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.
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