Welcome to the first edition of The Realtor® Advocate! We’re excited to provide you with this new monthly resource containing updates on MAR advocacy.
Before reading further, we hope you’ll check out our First
Quarter Updates for a primer on our 2019 advocacy efforts thus far.
Now that you’re up to speed, here are some highlights from July:
Greg Vasil, GBREB CEO, and Jonathan Schreiber testified on the GreenWorks bill before the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets. Click here to read our full talking points on the bill. This was the second time Vasil and Schreiber testified on this bill (see their quote in the State House News Service). The House unanimously passed GreenWorks on July 24 and it is now under consideration by the Senate.
The MAR Government Affairs Committee voted to oppose H.342, An Act to promote equity among lessors
. The bill would require Realtor® fees be paid only by landlords. The Committee was concerned this would disrupt typical negotiations, increase the cost of rental housing, and limit Realtors’® ability to advocate for their clients.
The Governor signed H.3904
into law. MAR has long supported this bill and successfully worked on its amendment it to include an explicit exemption for real estate licensees when they are providing broker price opinions. Our most recent coalition letter supporting the bill is available here
A Look Ahead: August
Despite a potentially slow legislative month, we’ve still got plenty going on. On August 6 we testified on proposed short-term rental regulations
to the Department of Revenue. Click here
to read more and see our comments.
The Legislature will be on recess for much of August. This means your legislator may have local events planned or could be available to meet up for coffee. We hope you’ll plan to see them!