Advocacy at the State LevelThe Arizona Association of REALTORS® hosts events like REALTOR® Day at the Capitol and REALTOR® Caucus. REALTORS® from across Arizona gather annually in January at the State Capitol to meet with legislators and discuss topics impacting real estate and the local housing market. Top issues in 2017 revolve around the Homeowners Rebate Program, as well as professional service taxes which threaten to shift tax burdens to property owners. AAR is urging legislators to consider the potentially negative impact these changes will have on the industry and state economy. In September, AAR hosts the REALTOR® Caucus. This event creates a platform in which REALTORS® can come together to discuss successes, legislative initiatives, possible issues we may see in the next legislative session, and to present issues they're facing in their communities. There are also presentations and breakout sessions. The REALTOR® Caucus marks the start of setting policy priorities before the next legislative session convenes in January.
While WeMAR works locally in the West Valley to protect private property rights and public policy, AAR is your "Voice at the Capitol". In 2016, advocated on your behalf for six Bills. SB 1193 Real Estate Licenses; Broker Possession which modifies the Arizona Department of Real Estate’s (ADRE) duty for brokers to possess a hard copy of an agent’s license certificate and now allows for use of electronic license format; SB 1350 Online Lodging; Administration; Definition which establishes regulations for online lodging, vacation and short-term rental operations. Also requires the Arizona Department of Revenue to develop an electronic, consolidated return form for use by property managers filing Transaction Privilege Tax on behalf of their clients; SB 1402 Class Six Property; Higher Education (was defeated) which would have allowed for-profit institutions of higher education to lower their property taxes, which in turn would have shifted the property taxes onto other tax classes, resulting in an increase on residential property owners’ taxes; HB 2440 Municipal Improvement Districts; Formation Election which establishes the procedures for the formation of a Municipal Improvement District, including the timeline for a petition form with more than half of the taxable property owners’ signatures to be filed with the municipal clerk; and HB 2514 Restricted Vehicle Use; DUI; Exemption which exempts real estate brokers and salespersons from the prohibition of a person convicted of, or awaiting trial for, a DUI within five years of applying for a fingerprint clearance card from driving any vehicle to transport employees or clients as a part of their employment. See Bill summaries starting 2011