T he General Assembly adjourned Sine Die March 11, 2016 – a day early. It was a wild 59 days on many fronts and was not lacking in action for us as we tracked dozens of bills – lots of issues percolating and already some ideas for next session are being discussed. It was a team effort as we activated a number of you to have both in person meetings and to get the phones of specific legislators ringing. Lots of good work was done and plenty of relationship-building needs to continue in the off-season. Below are a few bills/items of note.
Realtor Bill. HB 684 (Peace) was legislation requested by the Virginia Association of Realtors. We worked very hard to get "peace in the valley" on this issue prior to session beginning. We amended it heavily as it went through the process to ensure a fair and balanced approach vs. the original bill which went well beyond the items below. In most cases we feel at the end of the day the bill has a lot of moving parts but does very little harm in terms of new policies impacting our group – much of it is clarification of the existing statute or standard practice. Below are key take-aways from the bill:
The Governor has until April 11th to amend, sign or veto all bills now on or coming to his desk prior to the reconvene session on Wednesday, April 20th. We will of course keep a watchful eye on all amendments to all regular bills and the budget bill.