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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.

Property Management Firm Pays $15,000 Fine Following Data Breach

April 2, 2012: 

On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.

Congress Extends Flood Insurance for 60 days

April 1, 2012: 

On May 30, 2012, the House of Representatives passed a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, which will enable the Senate to act on the 5-year reauthorization and reform bill this June.

House Subcommittee Considers Duplication in Federal Housing Programs

March 26, 2012: 

The Rural Development Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee this week held a hearing on "duplicative federal rural development programs".

Supreme Court Unanimously Decides in Favor of Property Rights in Sackett v. EPA

March 26, 2012: 

The U.S. Supreme Court handed private property owners a victory with a unanimous decision on March 21 allowing a couple to appeal an EPA ruling that their property contains a wetlands.

Senate Passes Two-Year Surface Transportation Authorization Bill

March 19, 2012: 

By a 74-22 vote, the Senate passed on March 14 a long-term surface transportation authorization known as "MAP-21" ("Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century"). The bill largely maintains current funding levels for federal transportation programs over the next two years, with some changes to program structures and policies.

Treasury Department Releases Details on Making Home Affordable Program Updates

March 19, 2012: 

On March 9, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued Supplemental Directive 12-02 that extends the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program to the end of 2013, and makes several changes to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to increase the number of eligible participants.

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