The Oregon Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Department encompasses the lobbying arm of the Association, the political advocacy program, and staff to the REALTOR® PAC. The department advocates before the Legislature and state regulatory agencies on behalf of REALTORS® and their clients. The Public Policy Department is guided by the legislative policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
In addition to carrying forward a legislative and regulatory agenda, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Department provides support to the Government Affairs Key Objective Group, the Political Affairs Key Objective Group and the REALTOR® Political Action Committee, made up of REALTORS® from around the state.
During the 2011 Session, the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Department enhanced protections and clarity for Oregon consumers involved in short sales. In addition, they ensured that Oregon remained fully connected to incentives in the federal tax code to bolster job creation and that Oregon has enough prime employment land available for companies looking to relocate, expand or startup in Oregon. They also stopped the limiting or elimination of the mortgage interest deduction; stopping the imposition of new, costly transfer taxes on the sale of real property; and stopping costly, mandatory energy audits at the point of sale. The Public Policy department also worked in conjunction with the Oregon Real Estate Agency to add significant protections for Oregonians from unlicensed or unethical real estate activity.
During the Legislative Session, the Public Policy Department also publishes Quorum Call, a bi-weekly insider’s report about events taking place at the Capitol.