Government Affairs Update for November 2021

Bob Jones General News, government affairs

National 

Leaders from the National Association of REALTORS® and other housing groups went to the U.S. Capitol in October to urge lawmakers to preserve the affordable housing provisions in the Congressional infrastructure bill. Lawmakers are whittling down the package—which invests in various programs such as health care, paid family leave, affordable housing, and education—from its current $3.5 trillion price tag. President Joe Biden hinted earlier this month that the final bill could be closer to $2 trillion or less, and recent media reports suggested housing provisions could be scaled back or eliminated. More info from NAR here.


State

Ohio REALTORS® testified in October in support of Senate Bill 1, a measure that will require Ohio high school student to complete one half unit of financial literacy instruction as an elective or a math course effective for students in grade 9 after the start of the 2022 school year. More info from Ohio REALTORS®’ Beth Wanless can be found here.

Local

Earlier in October, the Dayton REALTORS® Government Affairs Committee interviewed candidates for local elected office, including a one-on-one meeting with Dayton Mayoral front-runner Jeffrey Mims. The Committee opted to support Mims’ candidacy, and he thanked REALTORS® for their support and stated that those dollars helped push out last-minute messaging. Mims won the mayor’s race, and other REALTOR®-supported candidates who won include:

Jeff Mims – Dayton Mayor

Rob Scott – Kettering Clerk of Court

John Morris – Miami Township Trustee

Anita Kitchen – Huber Heights Council

Nancy Byrge – Huber Heights Council

Bob Scott – Kettering Council

At the beginning of October, Dayton REALTORS® co-hosted a “Meet the Trade Associations” event with the Associated Builders and Contractors, Dayton Region Manufacturer’s Association, and the Home Builders Association of Dayton. The event was an opportunity for Dayton REALTORS® to present our policy positions on a wide array of issues to dozens of current legislators as well as candidates running for local elected office.