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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 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.

ACA Mandate Delayed for Some Employers

February 14, 2014: 

On Monday, February 10, 2014, the Obama administration announced a delay in the Affordable Care Act employer mandate for firms with 50 to 99 full time employees.  These firms will not be required to provide health insurance coverage to full time employees until 2016.

Rural Communities Protected Through 2020

February 7, 2014: 

More than 900 communities that were at risk for losing access to federal rural housing programs are now protected through 2020.

Bills to Restore Net Neutrality Rules Introduced

February 7, 2014: 

On February 3, legislation was introduced that would restore net neutrality rules struck down last month by a federal appeals court.

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