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Industry Impacts of Lame-Duck Session


EPA proposes lead exposure regulation expansion. Multifamily Energy Star scores released.  

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Oct. 6, 2014
On the Hill
Lame-Duck Could Have Broad Industry Impacts – The House and Senate are scheduled to return on November 12 for the lame-duck session. Congress will then be faced with an agenda filled with must-pass items that could broadly impact the multifamily industry. Specifically, the government is …

What Could the New Congress Look Like? – After the November elections, lawmakers will be selecting key committee leaders who will shape the 114th Congress that convenes in January – leaders who will be instrumental in addressing multifamily related issues, including housing finance, tax and immigration reform.  While all 435 House seats are up for grabs, the House is likely to stay solidly in Republican hands …

Supreme Court to Hear Key Disparate Impact CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a petition of certiorari to hear the case of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs versus the Inclusive Communities Project. This decision by the Court is a critical step in the path towards addressing disparate impact liability, which has created enormous uncertainty for the apartment industry …

EPA Proposes Expanding Regulations on Lead Exposure – The Environmental Protection Agency continues its efforts to issue a proposed regulation to guide work practices during the renovation, repair and painting of both public and commercial buildings. The agency is seeking to expand them to include cardiovascular diseases in older adults …

Around the Nation
Energy Star
EPA Releases First Multifamily ENERGY STAR® Scores – The Environmental Protection Agency has officially begun providing “1–100 ENERGY STAR®” scores for multifamily industry use, enabling owners to benchmark and track water and energy use to more effectively improve energy efficiency to their properties. While the 1-100 score …

New Jersey Bill Expands Domestic Violence Victim Protections for Tenants – A bill introduced in the New Jersey Assembly aims to change how rental property owners and managers interact with residents who are victims of domestic violence or abuse. The bill makes both additions and amendments to existing landlord-tenant statutes. Most notably …

Advocacy Connections
NAA Capitol Conference

Save the Date for This National Industry Advocacy Event – Join us at the 2015 NAA Capitol Conference on March 17 – 18 as we engage policymakers in pursuit of policy initiatives that support a strong, vibrant rental housing market. Together we can educate Congress so they understand and support our industry’s issues. “One Industry. One Voice.” Learn more.

Become a Stronger Industry Advocate with These Advocacy Webinars --

Why Some Citizen-Advocates (i.e. YOU) Are More Important Than Others -- 2 p.m. ET Oct. 30. Register now.

Getting to Know New Legislators: How to Hug a Porcupine -- 2 p.m. ET Dec. 11. Register now.

Presenters: Brad Fitch, President and CEO, and Susie Gorden, Vice President, Congressional Management Foundation (CMF); and Kathleen Gamble, NAA Director of Political Affairs. CMF is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.

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In This Issue...
• Lame-Duck Congress
• The New Congress
• Advocacy Webinars
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Advocacy Resources
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October 13-15
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Amelia Island, Fla.

Assembly of Delegates
November 13-15
Intercontinental Boston | Boston

NAA Student Housing Conference
February 17-18, 2015
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NAA Spring Governance Meeting
March 15 – 16, 2015
JW Marriott | Washington, D.C.

NAA Capitol Conference
March 17 – 18, 2015
JW Marriott | Washington, D.C.

NAA Education Conference & Exposition
June 24-27, 2015
Mandalay Bay Resort &
Convention Center | Las Vegas

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