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What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. XCHANGE ’19 Recap
  3. #HowDidYouBackThePAC
  4. Meet the Government Affairs Team
 
Happening on Jones Street

As we told you in last week’s Advocate, the General Assembly has been hard at work redrawing legislative district maps as directed by the court. After much discussion and even the use of a lottery machine, both chambers have approved their map proposals. You can check out the new district maps for the House and Senate by clicking on the respective chamber. Both maps will now be reviewed by the three-judge panel to determine if they comply with their order. If they do not, a special master, Stanford law professor Nate Persily, may be directed to amend the maps. This work is under a tight timeline as filing for the 2020 election will open in December. We will provide more information on this important story for our state as it becomes available.

Also, in light of the Governor’s budget veto, legislators have been working on smaller, “mini budgets” to provide funding to targeted programs like teacher and state employee salaries, as well as disaster response. These bills have passed with bipartisan support and have also each been signed by the Governor. Senate Bill 429 “Disaster Recovery Act” appropriates the funds laid out in the original budget (House Bill 966) for recovery efforts from Hurricanes Florence, as well as provides $11.5 million for the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund. We expect to see additional “mini budgets” in the coming weeks.

Finally, we expect to see legislators take an extended absence to allow for members to spend time in their home districts. Both chambers have announced that they will not hold voting sessions until at least September 30.

 

Xchange ’19 Recap

During XCHANGE '19, we had a lot to celebrate in Government Affairs. From the passage of Senate Bill 86 (Association Health Plans) and House Bill 620 (Private Roads Database) to all of our other work, we were happy to share many of our advocacy successes with our members. On Sunday morning, we were happy to be joined by a great panel of legislative leaders for our final Legislative Forum of 2019. Attendees got to hear the perspectives of Speaker of the House Tim Moore, Democratic Leaders Senator Dan Blue and Representative Darren Jackson, and Senator Tom McInnis on issues like infrastructure, disaster response, and many more.


We also had a chance to unveil our updated 2019 NC REALTORS® Legislative Agenda which shows just how much success we have been able to achieve. Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean that we are not going to keep working on important issues facing your business, your clients, and your industry. It just means that we have to draft a new list. Your Government Affairs and Lobbying teams are actively monitoring more than 350 pieces of legislation and will continue to find new opportunities to engage with our REALTOR® legislative champions!

NC REALTORS® PAC Fundraising Update—Xchange ’19 Events

#HowDidYouBackThePAC?

This year we switched up our annual NC REALTORS® PAC Convention Fundraiser and held a raffle with more than 30 items, in conjunction with a DJ Bingo Night!


Our AMAZING NC REALTORS® PAC Trustees spent their time in between meetings at XCHANGE talking to convention attendees about the importance of RPAC and selling raffle tickets for our big fundraiser. All of their hard work paid off as we raised *drum roll please* $50,000 through their efforts!! Thank you to everyone who participated in this new event and helped to make it such a success! Congratulations to each of our winners!


We also had a great time with all of our Major Investors who joined us for our Major Investor Reception – Dip, Drink and Dance – prior to DJ Bingo. Thank you for joining us so that we could take a moment to celebrate you and the important investment you have made in our industry!


 

Meet the Government Affairs Team

Learn a little more about all of the great people working for you and with you

In this new section we will feature profiles of each of the members of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team. We will be going in order from our newest employees to those who have been on the team for many years. This week, you get the chance to meet another one of our Shared Local Government Affairs Directors, Troi Bachmann.

NAME Troi Bachmann
TITLE Local Government Affairs Director, Winston Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® and Winston Salem Homebuilders Association
HOMETOWN Trinity, NC
ALMA MATER Wake Forest University
FAVORITE QUOTE OR SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES YOU Pro Humanitate- “for humanity.”—Wake Forest University motto
FAVORITE MOVIE The Mummy (1999)
WHY DID YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NC REALTORS TEAM? NC REALTORS® is an esteemed organization full of energized business professionals. I was excited to put my skills as a former teacher to use in service of great members.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF I am absolutely obsessed with The Bee Gees.

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