REALTOR® Advocate – October November

November 4, 2019

- By The MAR Legal Team

Welcome to the October-November 2019 edition of The REALTOR® Advocate.

For some helpful background information, check out our 3rd quarter update podcast, featuring MAR Government Affairs Chair, Amy Wallick.  If you ever have any questions or comments on our advocacy efforts or just want to chat about a recent or upcoming meeting with your legislator, contact MAR Staff Attorney Jonny Schreiber, (781) 839-5520.

October Highlights

A Look Ahead: November

With the last day of formal sessions for 2019 scheduled on November 20, there is limited time this year to address myriad issues.  Thankfully, the Legislature operates in a two-year cycle, so formal sessions will continue January 1, 2020, and run through July 30, when the 2019-20 cycle will close.

In November, we hope to see movement of the Housing Choices bill (H.3507) in the Joint Committee on Housing and potentially in front of the full House.  In addition, the Governor’s Economic Development bill, which we expect to contain several housing-related elements, will be released and subject to a hearing on November 5.

We also continue to advocate for our real estate licensee continuing education bill (H.288/S.147), which could be reported out of Committee (MAR testimony).  Finally, we continue to anticipate that the Legislature will consider transportation funding and that the Senate will propose a climate resiliency and environmental package, similar to the House’s GreenWorks (H.3987) that passed unanimously in that body with MAR support.