February 2018 The Legislative Minute

Carroll Realtors® Lobby for Industry in Annapolis

Joining counterparts from across Maryland, REALTORS®from Carroll County traveled to Annapolis for the annual Maryland REALTORS®Lobby Day. Following a morning briefing, CCR had the pleasure of meeting with the Carroll Delegation to discuss 2018 legislative priorities. Special thanks to Sen. Justin Ready (pictured below), and Dels. April Rose, Haven Shoemaker and Susan Krebs for meeting with us!

Less than one month into the General Assembly session, over 1,300 bills have already been introduced. The Maryland REALTORS®Legislative Committee has been reviewing legislation impacting the industry and recommending positions of support or opposition. Some of those measures include:

HB 463First-Time Homebuyers Savings Accounts (Support)
HB 472/SB 493Defining Rent and Fee Collection (Support)
HB 55Requiring Real Estate Licensees to Provide Voter Registration Forms at Settlement (Oppose)
HB 458BAT System Retrofit Required at Point of Sale in Critical Areas (Oppose)

You can follow all of the bills the Maryland REALTORS®are tracking at mdrealtor.org by clicking the Legislative Tab and selecting “2018 Legislative Status Report.”

County Hosts Comprehensive Rezoning Meetings

The Carroll County Department of Planning has scheduled public information sessions to receive feedback on the county’s Comprehensive Rezoning initiative. Phase I involves reviewing commercial, industrial and employment campus zoning text. Public information sessions for Phase I discussion will be held from 6 –8 p.m. at these locations:

District 1: 2/6, Taneytown Senior Center
District 5: 2/8, South Carroll Senior Center
District 3: 2/15, Westminster Reagan Room
District 4: 2/22, 2018 Mount Airy Senior Center

CCR has provided feedback on the proposed Phase 1 amendments, which can be found at the new website, www.carrollrezoning.org.

The CCR Legislative Minute is a monthly newsletter giving Carroll County Realtors® the latest information on federal, state and local issues impacting the industry.

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