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  • Congress’s Great Awakening Benefits Industry

    I know you are as shocked as I am at the behavior of our Congress before they left for their spring break recess. Just when you thought they could do nothing more to surprise us, to stop us in our tracks, to make us question all that we know and thought we understood about our legislative process, they do something crazy. They actually brought up, debated and voted on legislation! But wait, there...
  • Who Wins and Loses with Supreme Court's Gerrymandering Case

    Apartment Industry Colleagues, The New Year has already been full of high profile issues for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). In February the Court heard arguments over the use of disparate impact theory in identifying violations of the Fair Housing Act. This month a case comes before the Court that will determine the fates of 9 million individuals currently receiving health care...
  • Capitol Update: Cue the Wet Blanket for Issue #2

    We are one month into the new Congress and the gears of power are already turning furiously as the legislative process is well under way. Much to my own surprise the Congress got off to an early start and passed an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) less than a week into the new session. The President signed it shortly thereafter, taking off of the table an important issue for...
  • Capitol Update: TRIA Reauthorization Still Looms

      Apartment Industry Colleagues, Happy New Year! I hope this missive finds you safe and healthy so far in 2015. The new Congress has been sworn in, freshmen are figuring out where the cafeteria, the WC and Committee chambers are located (not necessarily in that order) and the party caucuses are organizing for many battles to take place over the next two years. For the GOP, the hope was to start...

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