Local Participation: Monitors and reviews all local legislation (existing or proposed) that affects the real estate industry and, when necessary, identifies the most appropriate lobbying strategy, i.e., grassroots, key contact, GAD, or issues campaigns, to implement in the best interests of the Association. Issues coming before the committees should be relative to the day-to-day function of area REALTORS® and not specific to particular parties. In other words, broad issues such as zoning, signage, transportation, and impact fees are appropriate; specific projects or individual zoning changes are not. Monitors the voting records of the elected officials in their jurisdictions to identify those who are REALTOR® friendly and carefully reviews the position platforms of new candidates for this same purpose. Coordinates with the Government Affairs Director to host legislative breakfasts, candidate forums, and RPAC awareness and fundraising activities.
RPAC: Legislative Committee members are encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to RPAC by contributing annually during the length of their term. Using the REALTOR® friendly criteria established by the Government Affairs Director and the Legislative Committee, the Committee will convene with the RPAC Committee to determine which local officials and/or candidates should be supported with RPAC funds. The Committees' vote(s) and level of financial support is reported to the Board of Directors. The Committee will also report to the Board of Directors regarding the expenditure of local RPAC funds for local “issues campaigns.”
State Participation: The Committee will be responsible for reviewing existing and proposed state and national legislation that affects the real estate industry and communicating to the state Association SMAR’s level of support or opposition in accordance with the rating system established by MAR.
Budget: SMAR provides operating capital. The committee chair is responsible for submitting an annual budget request to the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Qualification Considerations: Committee members should have an informed perspective on the local political process and be willing to assist in a non-partisan manner with monitoring and, when necessary, lobbying local government officials regarding legislation that impacts upon the real estate industry. Members who have experience in planning or implementing “issues campaigns”, working on local or state political fundraising projects or who have personal connections with members of our local, state or national elected representatives would be an asset to the committee. SMAR members in or seeking public elected office are ineligible for Legislative/Grassroots Committee membership.
Meetings: Meets weekly during the 90 day Legislative Session (January - April) and as needed monthly during other times of the year. Special meetings may be called from time to time.