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Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities.

Government Affairs

Your safety net for your business and the industry at large is engagement in public policy activities. At the federal level, NAA partners with NMHC to advocate for a supportive legislative and regulatory climate to protect your business. At the state and local levels, we analyze legislation, conduct research and provide resources to help build your and your fellow members' strength and influence.

Recent News

NAA/NMHC Working to Turn Back Overtime Rule - NAA/NMHC sent a comment letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 6 urging the swift approval of the “Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act,” which would overturn the Department of Labor’s  final overtime rule issued last month.

Court Upholds FCC’s Open Internet Order - The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules on June 14, which were being challenged by several large telecommunications providers.

HUD Doubles Down on Eliminating Lead Hazards - On June 13, HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the department’s commitment to providing lead-safe housing – doubling down on eliminating lead hazards.

Industry Calls for Full Funding of Game-Changer in Flood Mapping - NAA/NMHC joined a coalition of advocacy groups on June 8 in calling on Congress to fully fund a key U.S. Geological Survey technology program that would be a game-changer in flood risk management.

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Oversight Raises GAO Concerns - The Government Accountability Office released a report on June 8 that assesses how well state and local allocating agencies administer the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit  program.

Dodd-Frank, GSEs and FHA in Republican Crosshairs - In the latest attempt by Congressional Republicans to roll back many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced a proposal on June 7.

Clock Is Ticking for Congressional Action - Only a handful of weeks remain before the Senate and House leave town for a longer than usual summer recess from mid-July to early September. There is a ton of work left to complete before the 114th Congress adjourns – and much of it could directly impact and shape the future of our industry.

Register Now: NAA/NMHC Criminal Conviction Screening Policies Webinar – NAA/NMHC will hold a members-only webinar on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. ET on our new white paper, Criminal Conviction Screening Policies: Best Practices to Avoid Disparate Impact Liability. Register now! (Member login required)

Cantwell-Hatch Introduce Bill to Expand LIHTC and Enable Income Averaging - Two senators have introduced legislation to expand Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) allocation authority by 50 percent, enable income averaging, and set a minimum 4 percent credit for acquisitions and bond-financed developments.

House Committee Takes First Step on Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits - The House has held a hearing on the bipartisan “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015,” which is an important first step in moving the measure in this Congress. The NAA/NMHC-supported bill is designed to uphold the objectives of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while deterring costly and frivolous lawsuits against property owners.

HUD Proposal Would Require Broadband Infrastructure in Some Assisted Properties - HUD has proposed a rule that would require broadband infrastructure installation for new or substantially rehabilitated multifamily rental housing properties funded by some of its programs.

Senate Debates Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule - NAA/NMHC continue to be concerned about potential impacts of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule as it is currently written. In late May, debate over that contentious rule was front and center on the Senate floor.

Labor Department Issues Final Overtime Rule Impacting Multifamily - The Labor Department has issued its final rule that lifts the overtime pay threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 – impacting an estimated 4.2 million workers nationwide. Effective Dec. 1, executive, administrative and professional employees who are paid by the hour, or earn less than the threshold, will be eligible for overtime pay.

Apartment Housing Industry Reminds Lawmakers of Tax Reform Priorities - The House and Senate tax-writing committees are working feverishly on proposals that could see action in 2017. The apartment housing industry used an April 26 Senate Finance Committee tax reform hearing to remind lawmakers about key elements that should be preserved in any overhauled system.

NAA/NMHC White Paper on Resident Screening Policies for Ex-Offenders Now Available - NAA/NMHC’s new white paper on HUD’s recently-issued guidance on the use of criminal histories in resident screening is now available for NAA members. (Member login required.) The white paper, “Criminal Conviction Screening Policies: Best Practices to Avoid Disparate Impact Liability,” reviews the HUD guidance, provides the historical and legal context and recommends best practices for apartment owners and operators.

Watch Now: The NAA/NMHC Fair Housing Webinar Video Is Available -  NAA/NMHC's webinar on our new white paper, “Fair Housing: Familial Status and Occupancy,” is now available for members to review. (Member login required.)

House Overwhelmingly Passes NAA/NMHC-Supported Flood Reform - The full House has passed NAA/NMHC-supported legislation that will increase property owner’s access to alternative options of flood insurance coverage outside of the government sponsored National Flood Insurance Program. This legislation will help foster increased private market competition, making coverage more affordable for multifamily firms nationwide.

Senate Passes Broad Energy Bill Impacting Apartment Housing - The Senate has passed an important energy bill that includes key provisions that will directly impact the apartment housing industry. The “Energy Policy Modernization Act” is the culmination of a multi-year effort by NAA/NMHC to support building energy efficiency legislation, which includes improvements in federal involvement in the development of building codes.

Fed Officials: No More Blanket Criminal History Exclusions - HUD issued fair housing guidance on April 4 that extends protections for individuals with criminal histories. The new guidance prohibits the use of arrest records to deny residency and denials based on convictions must consider the nature and severity of the incident. Overall, the guidance seeks to end blanket exclusions of prospective residents based on criminal history in favor of a more individualized approach that is more narrowly tailored to achieve property safety and security goals. 

Emotional Support Animal Member Toolkit – To assist property owners with the increase in reasonable accommodation requests for emotional support animals, a NAA working group has developed a resource toolkit for members with practical guidance on this emerging issue. (New Resource)

New Resource: White Paper on Fair Housing: Familial Status and Occupancy - NAA/NMHC commissioned a white paper concerning fair housing familial status issues. This white paper helps clarify what is allowed under the law and includes recommendations for owners on how to create on-site policies. (member login required)

Policy Resources:

2016 NAA and NMHC Policy Priorities

2015 NAA and NMHC Accomplishments

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