In the biggest Clean Water Act (CWA) case in a decade, the US Supreme Court will soon decide whether government assertions of CWA jurisdiction may be challenged in court. All commercial activities that involve the use of land or waterbodies can be impacted by CWA regulatory burdens. Thus, the outcome of this case has the potential to affect all public and private sector entities engaged in land use and development including the banking, real estate, retail, energy and agriculture industries.
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held the hearing, "Up in the Air: Examining the Commercial Applications of Unmanned Aircraft for Small Businesses." During the hearing, witnesses from the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University discussed the potential that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) hold for the U.S. economy and small businesses, the need for the U.S. to remain competitive with other nations in UAS innovation, and the importance of protecting privacy and safety of people in the National Air Space and on the ground.
NAR sent a letter to all Senators, urging them to bring H.R. 3700, the "Housing Opportunities through Modernization Act” to the Senate floor. This legislation, sponsored by Reps. Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Cleaver (D-MO), passed the House with a unanimous vote of 427-0 last month. HR 3700 contains provisions to ease FHA restrictions on condo sale and purchase; provides permanent authority for direct endorsement for approved lenders to approve Rural Housing Service loans; and makes reforms to federally assisted rental housing programs to streamline the program. We urge the Senate to bring this important, non-controversial legislation to the Floor for an immediate vote.