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Federal legislators felt educated and were impressed with the knowledge and
experience brought to the Hill by IREM and CCIM Institute members.
transactions. IREM supports a level
playing field for local in-store retailers and remote merchants (
including Internet merchants). IREM
believes that local and state governments should enforce existing taxes,
rather than create new taxes. IREM
firmly opposes any new programs
that would impose taxes on the cost
of such services, such as fees and
other costs associated with the purchase and ownership of real estate.
Lead Paint in
On May 6, 2010, the U.S. EPA issued
an Advance Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (ANPR) (75 Fed. Reg.
24,848) titled “Lead: Renovation,
Repair, and Painting (LRRP) Program for Public and Commercial
Buildings.” IREM, in conjunction with other real estate groups,
responded to the ANPR and reminded EPA that they are required
to complete a “
congressionally-mandated study of RRP activities
in commercial and public buildings
DURING THIS EXCITING AND EDUCATIONAL EVENT, MEMBERS MET WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AND STAFF TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT AFFECT THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.
and the extent to which they create
lead-based paint hazards before it
can proceed with any regulations.”
Studies to date have been undertak-en almost exclusively in residential
EPA has been engaged in a number of lawsuits and settlements
with environmental advocates over
implementation of TSCA. A recent
settlement requires that EPA to finalize an approach to regulating
lead paint dust in commercial and
public buildings by July 17, 2016.
To that end, on December 31, EPA
announced a public hearing to develop the LRRP rule for public and
commercial buildings. The hearing
will be held on June 26, 2013. In this
notice about the hearing, EPA is
looking to stakeholders to provide
data. The notice states that EPA
“is in the process of determining
whether these activities create lead-based paint hazards.” IREM, in
coalition with the industry groups,
is preparing a response to that notice, with comments due on April
1, 2013. The comments will focus
on the lack of data identifying any
hazard; the extent to which such a
rule would place burdens on commercial properties; the differences
between commercial buildings and
residential structures; and the renovation practices of different property types.
IREM supports broad regulatory reform such as that pursued by
Congress and the concept of greater
accountability of agency rule makers to elected officials and support
a viable substitute to the legislative
veto considered unconstitutional
by the Supreme Court. Further, we
endorse the need to shift the burden
of proof in justifying agency regulations toward the agency. Environmental activists argue that EPA is in
violation of the TSCA law, and that
by ignoring public and commercial
buildings continues to pose a lead
paint hazard on citizens.
Federal legislators felt educated and
were impressed with the knowledge
and experience brought to the Hill by
IREM and CCIM Institute members.
Once again, a hearty thank you to all
who participated in the 2013 Capitol
Hill Visit Day! We owe the success of
the event to YOU, our loyal members!
FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT
BETH PRICE, THE LEGISLATIVE
LIAISON FOR IREM HEADQUARTERS
IN CHICAGO, AT BPRICE@IREM.ORG
OR (800) 837-0706 EXT. 6021.