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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a proposed rule this week that would loosen fair-housing regulations for local governments.

The proposal would affect a 2015 rule implemented by the Obama administration as part of an effort to end racial segregation in government housing. The Obama-era rule was designed to hold local municipalities accountable by requiring them to gather data on poverty and segregation in order to obtain federal funding.

The new rule would do away with both the regulations and the assessment tool that maps racial segregation in government housing. HUD argued Tuesday that the regulations are “overly burdensome to both HUD and grantees and are ineffective in helping program participants meet their reporting obligations for multiple reasons.”

“Mayors know their communities best, so we are empowering them to make housing decisions that meet their unique needs, not a mandate from the federal government,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Having said that, if a community fails to improve housing choice, HUD stands ready to enforce the Fair Housing Act and pursue action against any party that violates the law.”

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