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Senate Introduces Patent Demand Letter Legislation

February 28, 2014: 

On Feb. 26, Senators McCaskill (D-MO) and Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation that will better equip the nation’s top consumer protection agency with the tools needed to crack down on “patent trolls”—companies that buy patents, but then fail to actually produce goods or services, opting instead to intimidate or sue other small businesses.

NAR Submits Letter to Congress on QRM

February 28, 2014: 

On Feb. 26, 2014, NAR sent a letter to the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises for a hearing on the Dodd-Frank Act’s impact on asset-backed securities.

Freddie Mac Clarifies Auction Pilot

February 28, 2014: 

On Feb. 20, 2014, Freddie Mac Senior Vice President for Single Family Servicing, Tracy Hagen Mooney, sent a letter to NAR President to address member concerns about Freddie Mac's short sale/auction pilot.

Coalition Steps Up Education on Water Rule

February 28, 2014: 

The Waters Advocacy Coalition, of which NAR is an active participant, has stepped up its educational activities on the issue of "Waters of the U.S." by hosting a Forum for congressional staff on Capitol Hill and hosting a separate webinar for interested individuals and organizations.

Realtors® Oppose Tax Plan to Limit Mortgage Interest Deduction, Real Estate Provisions

February 26, 2014: 

NAR supports reforms that promote economic growth, but we strongly oppose severely altering the rules that govern ownership and investment in real estate.

Chairman Camp Releases Tax Reform Discussion Draft

February 26, 2014: 

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited discussion draft for comprehensive reform of the tax code. In anticipation of the release, NAR sent a letter to all Members of the House on Monday reminding them of NAR’s priorities in tax reform.

House to Vote on Flood Insurance

February 24, 2014: 

The House is scheduled to vote up-or-down on an amended version of H.R. 3370, the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, during the first week of March

NAR Addresses Possible Lead Rule

February 21, 2014: 

The broad-based “Commercial Properties Coalition”, which includes NAR and many other real estate and development groups, sent the latest in a series of comment letters to EPA regarding lead paint issues. This letter addresses a nationwide questionnaire in which the agency proposes to survey building owners, tenants and contractors regarding renovation and remodeling practices in commercial buildings.

FCC to Propose New Net Neutrality Rules

February 21, 2014: 

The Federal Communications Commission announced that it would propose new net neutrality rules after a Federal Appeals court struck down the commission’s rules adopted in 2010.

White House Announces Patent Litigation Reforms

February 21, 2014: 

The White House unveiled a package of executive actions designed to limit the potential for abuses of the patent system. It also called on Congress to pass legislation.  The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced three new initiatives aimed at reducing the burden of patent trolls on American businesses.

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