OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) today welcomed unanimous Senate passage of a bill that will help ensure the continued vitality of Seattle’s historic floating home community.

Senate Bill 6027 cuts red tape that hindered residents of floating, on-water residences – which, unlike houseboats, lack propulsion – from repairing or remodeling their homes.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), also ensures that floating home residents whose residence is on state-owned aquatic land do not face higher rents than residents of houseboats.

“Floating homes and houseboats are part of the heartbeat and the history of our district and city,” said Carlyle, who cosponsored the bill. “This important legislation gives people living in floating, on-water residences greater protection, as well as more certainty and clarity in dealing with regulators.”

The bill will now proceed to the House of Representatives.