Government Relations Committee Members:
Steven R. Foster, MAI, George Demopulos, SRA, AI-RRS and William McLaughlin, MAI
The mission of the Government Relations Committee of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter is three-fold:
1. The Government Relations Committee works with the Government Affairs Office of the Appraisal Institute to insure national initiatives are carried through at a state level.
2. We also work to insure state related issues impacting the appraisal profession are communicated to our regional and national representatives.
3. Overall, this committee aims to keep our members informed on key issues affecting our industry while promoting professionalism among appraisers.
Latest State Government Relations News and Updates:
The Government Relations Committee would like to thank Governor Deval Patrick and Rep Charles A. Murphy, the bill's sponsor, for their efforts in helping to pass House Bill 447. This bill brings the licensure cycle in line with most states, without increasing the cost to the appraiser, and maintains the incentive for trainee's to obtain the required experience necessary to prepare competent appraisals benefiting both the appraisal profession and the public.
As of October 8, 2013, the Government Relations Committee continues to monitor the status of three bills pending before the Massachusetts Legislature.
This bill, which is intended to clear the records of those appraisers that took all the required USPAP courses but failed to take the within 24 months (the licensing board’s interpretation which is no longer used) has stalled in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Senator Kennedy’s office, sponsor of the bill, suggested that we have our membership email Senator Stephen Brewer, Chairperson of the Senate Ways and Means to help facilitate moving the bill along If you were affected by the Licensing Board’s interpretation or want to assist those that were, please take the time to reach out to Senator Brewer. Senator Brewer can be contacted at email@example.com
This bill, which regulates appraisal management companies, has a hearing date of October 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM before the Joint Committee on Financial Services.
This bill, which should be of interest to most appraisers, limits the State licensing board’s ability to investigate a complaint to the USPAP Record Retention Rules of 5 years or 2 years after completion of court action. A hearing on this bill is scheduled before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary for October 22 at 1:00 PM.
An Act Relative to the Period of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers
Appraisal Institute Government Affairs Office
The Washington Office’s mission is three-fold:
Present your needs regarding critical issues impacting the appraisal
profession through continuing interaction with Congress and federal
Keep you informed and as up-to-date as possible on those key issues and how they affect you.
Support Congressional candidates who are pro-appraiser and pro-real
estate through our political action committee, AI PAC (the Appraisal
Institute Political Action Committee).
The five elements of AI's Government Relations Program:
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