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What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. How do you #BackthePAC?
  3. Local Event Spotlight: Winston-Salem
  4. Supreme Court Makes Big Property Rights Decision
  5. #CrazyLocalGovernments
  6. Lobbyist at your door
 
Happening on Jones Street

What’s on the General Assembly’s mind this week?

This has been a big week at the General Assembly, both for normal course of business in both chambers and for important REALTOR® Priorities. From votes on the conference report for the 2019 Appropriations Act to committee votes on legislation addressing Association Health Plans, Private Road Maintenance, and even the final signature by the Governor on legislation repealing the state’s Map Act, this has certainly been a busy week on Jones Street. Make sure to check out this week’s Jones Street Update.
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NC REALTORS® PAC Spotlight

How do you #BackthePAC?

On Monday, the RPAC Rock Stars at the Catawba Valley Association of REALTORS® held a phone bank benefitting NC REALTORS® PAC. In one afternoon, this team gained 97 new investors and raised $4,965 including pledges. They also gained a new Major Investor. This crew did a great job and crushed their Local Triple Crown goals for 2019! Thank you to all of the Phone Bank volunteers, all the CVAR RPAC investors and RPAC co-chairs Karleta Smith and Emily Wood for making this event a great success!

Interested in having your own NC REALTORS® PAC fundraiser? Contact NC REALTORS® staff Jordan Forrest or Kristin Nash!
 

Local Event Spotlight: Winston-Salem

What’s going on throughout the state?

In this new section we will feature activities taking place at local associations across the state. Many of these events will feature NC REALTORS®’ Shared and Regional Government Affairs Directors as examples of that program’s work with local associations.

“Builders and REALTORS® Working Together”

Home Builders and REALTORS® in Winston-Salem, NC are working together to attract the next generation of skilled workers. There is a significant need to recruit and maintain a skilled workforce in order for the housing market to continue to grow. Construction Career Days is a career fair hosted every other year by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and its community partners, including the Home Builders Association and Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®.

The event is designed as a hands-on career fair for high school students to explore the trade industry while meeting ready-to-hire employers. Construction Career Days is marketed to approximately 1500 students from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and 18 surrounding counties.

The career fair hosts two groups of students over the course of two days. Attendees will build walls in a Habitat for Humanity house, weld, lay bricks, and operate heavy equipment, all under the guidance of employers seeking to hire and offer apprenticeships.

The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem was awarded a $1500 grant from the National Housing Endowment’s Skilled Labor Fund for Construction Career Days.

The Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® and the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem joined together in 1994 as a united front to advocate for private property rights and housing affordability in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. The Associations share a Local Government Affairs Director, Troi Hicks, and they have a joint legislative committee that identifies issues of importance in the community.
 

Supreme Court Makes Big Property Rights Decision

Justices weigh in on important issue for property owners

At the close of their term this week, the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision siding with property rights advocates. Through their decision in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, the Court ruled that landowners are not required to present their case of unlawful taking in state court before they are allowed to file it in federal court.

Experts expect the ruling to have ramifications for similar challenges to local governments' environmental regulations or land use plans — helping landowners get to federal court swiftly. And though, as Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler states landowners with takings challenges against the government will still have to meet a high bar in court, “…it ensures more landowners get their day in court.”

This is an important step forward for landowners who have previously fought through significant challenges to have their cases heard.

#CrazyLocalGovernments

Did you see what that city proposed?

From time to time the NC REALTORS® Local Government Affairs team sees some actions at the local level that make them scratch their heads. Whether it be an off-the-wall ordinance, a fun meme in a government presentation, or something that we aren’t even thinking about, we will share those with you as part of our effort to keep you informed and engaged.

For the first feature in #CrazyLocalGovernments we turn our gaze to a small coastal town of roughly 3,000 permanent residents. But during the height of tourist season, their population swells significantly.

One of the issues that the town has felt needs to be addressed are some of the parties which crop up, especially during the summer months. In response to this issue, town leaders have proposed limitations and permitting requirements on large private gatherings at residential properties.

Here are a couple of their proposed regulations:

  • Inspections by licensed structural engineers
  • Submission of hazardous materials plans and a list of attendees
  • An annual limit of three permit-required events with only limited exceptions for family events

Will this “Party Ban” pass? Only time will tell. But this is definitely an example of #crazylocalgovernments.
 

Lobbyist at your door

Invite NC REALTORS® Government Affairs staff to your next meeting

With summer membership meeting season kicking off, NC REALTORS® is reopening the Lobbyist at your Door program. This program allows you the opportunity to invite a member of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team to your next local association or brokerage meeting. Attendees will get the inside scoop on what is going on in Raleigh and how the decisions of elected officials impact your business, your clients, and your industry.

Interested? Email Seth Palmer to get on the calendar.

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