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Online Piracy Bills Debated

January 23, 2012: 

This week two federal online piracy bills garnered significant media attention when a number of popular websites went dark in opposition to the legislation. The bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) H.R. 3261 and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) S. 968 are intended to address the problem of foreign websites that facilitate the downloading of digital content like movies and music.

GAO Releases Report on Appraisal Subcommittee

January 23, 2012: 

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their report on real estate appraisals “Appraisal Subcommittee Needs to Improve Monitoring Procedures” as required per Dodd-Frank.

Government Affairs Directory

January 18, 2012: 

Our staff can be reached by phone or e-mail. Our staff directory is sorted by name, area, and legislative/regulatory issue.

Government Affairs Directory (by first name)

Government Affairs Directory (by functional area)
Management, Programs, Legislative and Political Representatives by State/Territory

Government Affairs Directory (by issue)
Affordable Housing, FHA, RESPA, Banking in Commerce, Terrorism Insurance, Natural Disaster Policy, GSEs, Tax Reform, etc.

Legal Affairs Podcast

January 17, 2012: 

Data Privacy and Security

January 17, 2012: 

Home Ownership Matters

January 17, 2012: 

NAR Meets with HUD REO Staff

January 16, 2012: 

This week the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) met with senior staff for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Real Estate Owned (REO) Department.

Government Mandates Housing Fee Increases to Help Pay-for Benefits Extensions

January 16, 2012: 

At the conclusion of 2011, Congress passed and forwarded to the President for his signature the “Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011”. The primary purpose of this legislation was to extend temporarily: (1) payroll tax relief, (2) unemployment compensation provisions, and (3) healthcare provisions. The estimated costs of the temporary extensions is $192.5 billion.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Wetlands Case

January 16, 2012: 

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Sackett v. U.S. EPA on January 9, 2012. The arguments presented by both lawyers elicited spirited discussion among the Justices. Experienced court watchers expect a decision in this case in late spring.

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