Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Day at the Statehouse

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Day at the Statehouse

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Our advocacy efforts go far beyond our Capitol Hill Visits, and one component we are particularly excited about is our new IREM Day at the Statehouse program. As part of this program, IREM Chapter Legislative Chairs and Chapter Members are encouraged to plan and implement a visit to their statehouse to meet with local legislators and staff. State-level advocacy is crucial to bringing awareness to the issues facing the real estate industry, as IREM Members can easily influence policy at the local level, and be seen as an industry experts. Moreover, meeting with local legislators provides the opportunity to build relationships with potential future members of Congress.

For more information or assistance in planning a Day at the Statehouse, contact IREM Government Affairs staff.


With the November midterm elections approaching, and legislators as well as candidates gearing up for a busy election season, legislation faces an increasing number of roadblocks on its path to the president's desk. At this time, Congress is favoring putting off votes that can be potentially risky or controversial until after the elections, and likely avoiding votes on sweeping and comprehensive reforms.

Examples of stalled bills include: Rep. Dave Camp's recent Tax Reform Act of 2014, or the recent Johnson-Crapo bill, which sought housing finance and government-sponsored entity (GSE) reform.

Despite the challenging political environment, there have been some major developments on issues that have broad support, and are critical to the real estate industry. …

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