VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE

The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 1 – January 16, 2017

 

And, so it begins…the 2017 General Assembly Session of Virginia! We are day #7 into a 45-day “short” session, one which is highlighted by Governor McAuliffe’s last year of office, statewide candidates clambering for the limelight, all 100 House of Delegates’ seats up in November, and a new White House as of later this week…all of which will translate into a Session of election politics and posturing.

As of this writing, over 2,000 bills (2,035, to be exact) have been introduced, with more to come over the next few days. Budget amendments are swirling in the background, Senate Committee assignments have yet to be finalized, new members of the House and Senate – courtesy of many special elections — just have been sworn in, and Committee and Subcommittee meetings are in full swing.

All with 2017 being THE LAST YEAR IN THE CURRENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING! Yes, that place is being razed! Don’t know who’s happier: legislators, lobbyists, legislative staff, or the mice.

In the meantime, the REALTOR® Legislative Agenda is moving along this week, with three bills being heard in the Housing Subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee as soon as tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th. There will be more to report later this week over social media and an additional update coming soon, but for now, check out the latest in the REALTOR® Party Legislative Agenda! http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

THE 2017 VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CAN BE FOUND HERE:

http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information

 

 

Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091   DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098   DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064   DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093   delmmullin@house.virginia.gov

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096  DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095   DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094   DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502   district02@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503   district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

 

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST

 

We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:

 

 

In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

 

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

 

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)

http://lis.virginia.gov/

 

Who’s My Legislator?

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

Governor of Virginia

https://governor.virginia.gov/

 

Governor’s Cabinet

https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

 

Lt. Governor

http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

 

Attorney General

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

 

 

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!

 

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. We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterPiedmont/?fref=ts.

 

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE / The Legislative Update from VPAR / 2016 ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE EDITION March 13, 2016

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THE LEGISLATIVE LINE
The Legislative Update from VPAR

2016 ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE EDITION
March 13, 2016

Beloved. Beds. (And breakfast….) Justices. Execution.
The beginning of a novel full of intrigue? Maybe a good mystery? Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, II?

Oh, no. Not at all. Those topics defined the 60-day 2016 Virginia General Assembly Session that adjourned Sine Die – Latin for “without another day” – on Friday, March 12th, one day ahead of schedule.

 

From what became known as “Air B’n B,” the residential lodging legislation that was the sleeper issue of the Session (no pun intended) to the regulation of sexually explicit literature in Virginia’s public schools, with author Toni Morrison’s Beloved being the most notorious example, this Session saw nearly 3,300 pieces of legislation introduced. To date, 1,803 passed; 1,241 failed to pass; 242 have been carried over; and the Governor has signed 366.

 

And in the middle of it all, a new, two-year budget was approved.
In addition, the 2016 legislature was identified from the beginning as divisive and highly partisan, largely due to the appointment surrounding a justice to the Supreme Court of Virginia to fill a vacancy. That issue created an undercurrent of partisan tension that was not resolved until just a few days ago, when Judge Stephen McCullough was elected to the Court by the General Assembly. Not to say that the partisan bickering is over; just that it is over on the floors of either chamber. For now.

 

Finally, among many controversial issues was that regarding executions in the Commonwealth and the means by which the death penalty in Virginia is administered when lethal drugs now used for that purpose are unavailable.

 

Beloved. Beds. Justices. Execution.

 

Throw in casino gambling, lights on motorcycles, fantasy football and gun control, J.C. Penny and Frank Beamer, add a blizzard and a tornado, and this one will go down as one of the most interesting legislative sessions in recent years.
REALTOR® BILLS
By comparison, the VAR legislative agenda was far less heady, although it did attract its fair share of attention, and on some days, considerable confusion and controversy.

Most of our five bills sailed through the House and Senate without attention. However, the home inspector bill introduced in the House by REALTOR® and Delegate Jackson Miller, HB 741 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB741ER+pdf did find its way to the House Appropriations Committee, given its minimal fiscal impact to the state budget. After hard work by your lobbying team, that bill reported unanimously out of the House Appropriations Committee, passed the House and met a very favorable read in the Senate where it also passed. What is noteworthy here is that the Senate companion to this bill, SB 453 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=161&typ=bil&val=sb453, introduced by Sen. Bill Stanley, a real estate attorney and the son of a former REALTOR®, has been signed by the Governor. In other words, this bill will become law on July 1, 2017. Good work, team!

 

The remaining three bills regarding Property and Condominium Owners’ Associations, HB 684 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB684ER+pdf, carried by Delegate Chris Peace; agency legislation, HB 567, http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB684ER+pdf, introduced by Delegate Jackson Miller; and HB 577 http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+ful+HB577ER+pdf from Delegate Roxann Robinson all PASSED THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. In fact, the Governor already has signed the agency legislation! See the chart below for a snapshot of the latest action.
NAME DESCRIPTION POSITION LAST ACTION
HB 567 – AgencyLicensing Law Revisions
Agency / Licensing Law Revisions

Support HB 567- 03/04/16 Governor: Governor’s Action Deadline Midnight, March 11, 2016
HB 577 – Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds
Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds

 

Support HB 577- 03/03/16 Passed House and Senate; Waiting for Governor’s Signature

HB 684 – POA/COA Amendments
POA/COA Amendments

Support HB 684 – 03/03/16 Passed House and Senate; Waiting for Governor’s Signature
HB 741/SB 453 – Home Inspector Licensing
Home Inspector Licensing

Support HB 741 – 03/03/16 Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) ;SB 453 – 03/01/16 Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 161

What does this mean? This means that the Association of REALTORS® once again had a 100% success rate during this Session! It wasn’t easy (although we hope we made it look that way), and there were twists and turns, and we even dealt with some drama along the way, but your agenda met with widespread success at the end of the day.

We could not have done this without your responses to Calls to Action, your visits to Richmond and your ongoing support. THANK YOU!

DONE! Sine Die!

Now, onto 2017……yes, already, we are taking your ideas and suggestions for legislation that we need to consider during the next Session. Send your thoughts to Susan Gaston at susan@gastongroup.com no later than May 15, 2016!

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.

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE / The Legislative Update from VPAR / Number 1 / January 17, 2016

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THE LEGISLATIVE LINE
The Legislative Update from VPAR
Number 1 January 17, 2016

Welcome to the 1st edition of the weekly legislative report from Richmond! In this first report, you will find helpful details regarding the Session, as well as links to additional information that will help you navigate the General Assembly and better serve you as a Virginia citizen.

Note that from now until the mid-point of the Session on February 16th, the reports will be consist more of “info as needed” and will be posted to the Association’s Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS/?fref=ts. The halfway mark of Session will produce an additional detailed report such as this edition, and a final detailed report will be compiled upon the Session’s adjournment. We will provide you with specific actions and votes, as well as directions to be involved in any relevant Calls-to-Action via Facebook, direct emails and other Association communications vehicles.

So, with that as a backdrop….

The 2016 General Assembly kicked off its 60-day “long” session on Wednesday, January 13, welcoming 18 new members in the House and Senate. Due to retirements in both chambers, new Committee leaders were announced by the Republican majorities along with the make-up of each legislative Committee. To see the Committee listings, click here: http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/membersAndSession.php?secid=1&activesec=0#!hb=1&mainContentTabs=4 As of Sunday evening, over 2200 bills had been filed; more will be “dropped in the hopper” in the coming days, with the final deadline for filing legislation on Friday, January 22nd.
Each year, the General Assembly session features some key issues that the Association will be promoting on your behalf, and this year is no different. See below for a list of priority issues, and please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the issues on which we will be working. In fact, while we only are requesting legislative action on four issues encompassing six bills, your lobbying team and the VAR legislative leadership will track and take action on hundreds of pieces of legislation. An exhaustive review of the Governor’s proposed budget also is underway.

 

REALTOR® BILLS
NAME              DESCRIPTION      POSITION      LAST ACTION

 

HB 567 – Agency / Licensing Law Revisions
Agency / Licensing Law Revisions Support 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

 

HB 577/SB 509 – Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds
Housing Trust Fund – Earnest Money Deposits / Escrow Funds Support HB 577- 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice; SB 509 – 01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice

 

HB 684 – POA/COA Amendments
POA/COA Amendments Support 01/11/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws

 

HB 741/SB 453 – Home Inspector Licensing
Home Inspector Licensing Support HB 741 – 01/12/16 House: Referred to Committee on General Laws; SB 453 – 01/12/16 Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information
Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson (804) 698-1091 DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov
Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th Urbanna (804) 698-1098 DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov
Del. Monty Mason, R-93rd, Williamsburg (804) 698-1093 DelMMason@house.virginia.gov
Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton (804) 698-1064 DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov
Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown (804) 698-1096 DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov
Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News (804) 698-1095 DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov
Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov
Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News (804) 698-1094 DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov
Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton (804) 698-7502 district02@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. John Miller, D-1st, Newport News (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov
Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City (804) 698-7503 district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST
We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources: In order to prepare for the 2016 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here: http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here: http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)
http://lis.virginia.gov/

Who’s My Legislator?
http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Governor of Virginia
https://governor.virginia.gov/

Governor’s Cabinet
https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

Lt. Governor
http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

Attorney General
http://www.oag.state.va.us/

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Mark your calendars now for February 17th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!
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.

We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS.

Endorsement of Candidates Seeking Election to the York County Board of Supervisors, Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia

With less than a week until the election, VPAR and RPAC of Virginia are pleased to announce the endorsements for candidates seeking office to the York County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia:

YORK COUNTY
Sheila Noll District 2
Jeff Wassmer District 4
Tom Shepperd District 5

(NOTE — District 1 is in the WAAR footprint and was included in the WAAR interview process, with Walt Zaremba receiving the endorsement. The VPAR Public Policy Committee recommended no endorsement in District 3.)

HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Gordon Helsel (R) 91st District
Jeoin Ward (D) 92nd District
Monty Mason (D) 93rd District
David Yancey (R) 94th District
Marcia Price (D) 95th District
Brenda Pogge (R ) 96th District

SENATE OF VIRGINIA
John Miller (D) 1st District
Mamie Locke (D) 2nd District
Tommy Norment (R) 3rd District

VPAR encourages its members to consider this important information when going to the polls on Election Day, November 3rd. The REALTOR® Party platform regarding pro-housing, pro-business and pro-economic growth should be important elements that VPAR members use as they make their decision at the ballot box.

VPAR and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) are non-partisan entities that focus on issues relevant to the housing and real estate markets and the interests of our members.

For more details, go to the official VPAR endorsement announcement that can be found here: https://files.acrobat.com/…/248b83ec-6ac4-4efc-ab8a-2d4b0d8…

For more details on the House and Senate endorsements, go to REALTORS CHOOSE: http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2015-endorsements/