2020 VPAR Public Policy Year In Review

What a year 2020 has been! In these uniquely challenging circumstances, VPAR has remained actively engaged in a robust and effective public policy and advocacy program. Despite the pandemic, and limited access to decision makers, your association has continued its vigilance, its relevance and its success so that private property rights are protected, that a strong housing market is in place and that REALTORS® can continue to conduct business.

From local work groups and commissions, to City Councils and County Boards of Supervisors; to the House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, and the Governor’s Office; to our Congressional Delegation…and even through an election cycle…VPAR was at the table to provide input, if not at the head of the table to lead and facilitate discussions. We are proud of what has been accomplished, and hope that you will take a moment to review the attached graphic that highlights our effort and our success. We think you will be impressed, and will see the value of this important member benefit.

Susan Gaston, VPAR Chief Advocacy Officer


2020 VPAR Year in Review

The Legislative Line – Number 3

The 2020 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly began on Wednesday, January 8th, and adjourned Sine Die (Latin for “without another day”) on Thursday, March 12th. Legislators left Richmond close to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th after an exhaustive legislative work day last Saturday that concluded close to midnight, and yet were left with the critical tasks of approving a two-year budget, and electing judges, including electing judges to the State Corporation Commission (SCC).  After a few days back in their districts, legislators returned to Richmond this past Thursday to complete work on all legislation.


For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com.

Call for Action – Virginia REALTORS® 2019 General Assembly Agenda

About 20% of Virginia REALTORS® have had to make the unfortunate decision to go without health insurance because of the high costs and limited options available to them. Many others have plans that place a high financial burden on their families.

Several bills in the Virginia General Assembly could help address that problem by more coverage options that could possibly save you money.

Tell you state senators and delegates to support these commonsense health insurance solutions. https://bit.ly/2Dz4dFR

Legislative Update #1

VPAR Legislative Line #1

The first full week of the General Assembly Session is in the books! Session officially began on January 9th, and the first few days afterwards were Committee and Caucus organizational meetings, agency presentations and “light” legislative action that did not require a wholesale overview to our members with much news of interest. However, this past week saw much of our agenda receive attention and action. With that in mind, I drafted the attached update to provide a brief overview of where we are playing and having input….and it is widespread, as you can see!


Things are good and positive for us, and we continue to make solid inroads with the House and Senate Democratic Caucus, an important component to our work and that of the overall business community; there is a collective sense that the Dems will take the majorities in both the House and the Senate in the November 2019 elections, so there is a need for them to have a solid understanding of our issues.


Please know the effort and the accomplishments, and the influence of VPAR throughout the General Assembly that extends well beyond our delegation.


I am working on the PPC agenda for our January 29th meeting, as well as scheduling legislative meetings and Capitol meetings for that day. It is coming together nicely!


Stay tuned. Good things are happening!




Susan S. Gaston

The Gaston Group, LLC

A Virginia-Based Government Relations and Public Affairs Firm

205 Par Drive

Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

tel:  757-871-1445

fax: 757-565-4988