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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.

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.
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.
February 7, 2014
More than 900 communities that were at risk for losing access to federal rural housing programs are now protected through 2020.
February 7, 2014
On February 3, legislation was introduced that would restore net neutrality rules struck down last month by a federal appeals court.
Topics: Net Neutrality
February 7, 2014
At a recent forum, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown testified that flood insurance is becoming increasingly unaffordable for homeowners who are required to purchase it.

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