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Washington Report

The Washington Report covers legislative and regulatory policy activities, and is compiled by NAR's Government Affairs policy staff. To receive this content via email, subscribe to NAR's Weekly Report newsletter and check the "legislative & regulatory issues" box.

NAR Testifies on Patent Demand Letter Reform

February 27, 2015: 

On Feb. 26, 2015, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing titled “Update: Patent Demand Letter Practices and Solutions.” Vince Malta, NAR’s 2015 Liaison for Law and Policy, testified on behalf of NAR and the United for Patent Reform Coalition, a diverse group of American businesses committed to curbing patent abuses.

RESPA Marketing Webinar

February 20, 2015: 

On Thursday February 19, 2015, NAR hosted a webinar on marketing and services agreements (MSAs) and other agreements under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA).

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rule

February 20, 2015: 

The FAA has begun the rule making process to address the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones.

FEMA Holds Flood Standard Hearings

February 20, 2015: 

The White House recently issued an Executive Order 13690, requiring that any new construction or development in, and affecting floodplains funded by the federal government, will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).

FHA Under Fire from Congress

February 13, 2015: 

HUD Secretary Julian Castro was the witness at a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee entitled, “The Future of Housing in America: Oversight of the Federal Housing Administration”.

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