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Dr. Seuss Explains "Zoning Reform"

It's not every day that an adult discussion about zoning reform begins with a reference to children's poetry, but so be it. Most [Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts] REBA members have at least a passing...more

Suit by Denton, Texas, Royalty Interest Owners Could be Harbinger of More Suits If Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Passes

Ahead of the November 4th vote that could make it the first city in Texas to ban hydraulic fracturing, the City of Denton has been sued by a group of royalty interest owners claiming that the city’s current temporary ban...more

New exemption under ILSA for condo units: relief for developers, key points to note

President Barack Obama has signed into law an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSA). The new law, signed by the President on September 30, expands registration exemptions under ILSA...more

New Amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA) could be Good News for Condominium Developers

On September 26, 2014, President Obama signed into law House Resolution 2600 that adds the sales of condominium units to the list of “partial” exemptions under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (ILSA). With the...more

Senate Democrats Issue Confirmations To Floor

On September 17, the Senate confirmed by a voice vote Laura Werthheiner as Inspector General of FHFA. In addition, Bradford Raymond Hunter was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer of HUD....more

Congress Exempts Condominiums from Interstate Land Sales Registration Requirements

In a major break-through for condominium developers, on September 18, 2014, the United States Senate voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (often called “ILSA”) that will...more

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015 - A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB...more

California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188, which is designed to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar systems. The new law seeks to give California’s Million Solar Roofs target a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

At the end of August, Speaker of the Maine House, Mark Eves, announced a $65 million housing bond proposal for affordable housing for seniors, pay increases for in-home care workers and expanded property tax credits for...more

Fracking Hearings Set to Begin in North Carolina

This Wednesday in Raleigh will see the first of four upcoming public hearings in North Carolina over the state’s proposed fracking rules. The hearings are part of the final phase of rule making, coming after two years of...more

Cordray's House Testimony Signals Areas of CFPB Focus

On June 18, 2014, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to testify about his agency's fifth Semi-Annual Report. As in past hearings, Cordray and House Republicans clashed over...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

Upcoming Bi-Partisan Policy Center Housing Summit shows that housing truly is “The Color Purple”

Did you catch the news clips of the House and Senate leadership holding hands and singing during the “Kumbaya” moment at the recent ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? (Check it out on...more

Capital Thinking: Financial Services

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to vote on TRIA reauthorization bill, Federal Reserve Membership - This week, the Senate is expected to consider a bill (S. 2244) that would reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance...more

Pennsylvania Senate considers a bill to provide additional state funding for affordable housing

Recently, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania State Senators sponsored a bill to expand the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, commonly known as the State Housing Trust Fund. If passed,...more

Senate Confirms HUD Secretary

On July 9, the Senate voted 71-26 to confirm Julian Castro to serve as HUD Secretary. The former San Antonio, Texas mayor will replace Shaun Donovan...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

Julián Castro is confirmed as next HUD Secretary

With a resounding 71-26 vote, the Senate has confirmed Julián Castro as the 16th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. President Obama’s nomination of Mr. Castro replaces outing Secretary Shaun Donovan, who was in turn...more

Legislative Update from NCSHA Conference

In previous Housing Plus blog posts we’ve discussed various tax credit proposals that have been released since the beginning of the year, which include the comprehensive tax reform proposal from House Ways and Means Committee...more

House Republicans adopt amendment to the HUD spending bill that would defund the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Proposed...

Last week, House Republicans adopted an amendment to the FY 2015 HUD spending bill that prohibits funding to implement, enforce, or administer HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Proposed Rule (Proposed...more

A perspective on the continuing saga of construction defects law

Ever since 2003, when comprehensive legislation was passed to address abuses in the pursuit by the plaintiff’s bar of windfalls from massively overstated litigation claims regarding alleged construction defects in the...more

CFPB to issue whitepaper on methodology for identifying auto finance discrimination and consider use of advisory opinions

While Director Cordray’s appearance at the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on the CFPB’s fifth Semi-Annual Report yesterday was accompanied by the usual dose of political theater, his testimony did yield the...more

House passes bill to modify TILA “points and fees” definition

H.R. 3211, which amends the Truth in Lending Act’s definition of “points and fees,” was passed by a voice vote in the House of Representatives on June 9, 2014. The “points and fees” definition is used to determine...more

Director Cordray testifies before Senate committee

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs heard testimony from Director Cordray at its hearing titled “The Consumer Financial Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.” Noteworthy aspects of...more

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