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Government Affairs Update for Nov. 22, 2017

U.S. Senate push for tax reform vote by Nov. 30 – Urge all REALTORS to take action!
The Senate released its 515-page tax reform bill on Monday, Nov. 20, with the hopes of a full floor vote by Nov. 30. The House already passed its version of tax reform. Senate Republicans hold a 52-48 majority, so they can afford only two defections on the bill with Vice President Mike Pence providing a tiebreaker vote. More than 8,200 New York REALTORS have successfully taken action urging Congress to oppose these tax reform proposals out of the more than 55,000 REALTOR members statewide. Please urge friends, family and colleagues to take action today here.

 
FCC plan to end net neutrality hurts REALTORS
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a plan on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to repeal rules that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for internet service companies to charge users more to see certain content. NAR is concerned that ending net neutrality will make it harder for real estate companies, multiple listing services and property data aggregators to provide their services in a cost-effective way. Read more here.
 
Democrats look to run for vacated State Senate seat in Westchester
Chris Burdick, Democratic town supervisor of Bedford, has filed papers with the state Board of Elections to run for the state Senate seat being vacated at the end of the year by Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer. People for Bernie co-founder Kat Brezler has also filed to run. Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer and Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano have expressed interest in running for the Senate seat as well.
 
 
 

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