Wednesday, February 15 is REALTOR® Day on the Hill. You won't want to miss this important chance to talk directly with your legislators on issues that affect your business. Stick around for the Housing Policy Forum later in the afternoon, then make your way to the Jefferson for our can't-miss Legislative Reception.
On Wednesday, the annual Political Advocacy Luncheon with special guest speaker David Stevens, who is current CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association and former Federal Housing Administration commissioner. Following lunch, nationally syndicated Washington Post real estate columnist Ken Harney will emcee a special housing policy forum for Virginia REALTORS. Panelists for that forum include Mr. Stevens, National Association of REALTORS’ past president Ron Phipps, and George Mason University economist and Housing Wire contributor Dr. Anthony Sanders. Then, following the panel, we’ll host our 2012 Legislative Reception at the Jefferson Hotel.
VAR’s legislative package this year comes from three main sources:
This day marks the date after which each body of the Virginia General Assembly may only consider bills passed by the other house.
From the Virginia Homeowners Alliance:
The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates unveiled their competing budgets proposals yesterday. Each year the Senate Finance committee and House Appropriations committee are charged with crafting or, in odd-numbered years, amending, the biennial state budget. This year is one of the most dire of those that the body's most senior legislators can recall, with a $4 billion budget shortfall in the wake of an economic collapse and a sharp decline in state tax collections since 2007. Early in his term, Governor McDonnell vowed to veto any tax increases, leaving legislators to rely heavily on deep spending cuts.
Real estate is a heavily regulated industry. Realtors® are at the center of many policy decisions at all levels of government. VAR's law and policy team represents Realtor® and homeowner interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas at the state, local, and national levels. Below you'll find information and links to your main resources for legislative information during the General Assembly Session and all year long.
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