Legislative Updates

2019 Legislative Session

March 20, 2019

The DAR public policy team has been very busy attending the Legislative Session and various legislative fundraisers as well as traveling all over the state to represent Realtors and our industry at several critical events.

  • On Thursday, March 14, members of our public policy team attended the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Legislative Luncheon at Dover Downs, where state legislators from Kent County discussed a variety of bills before the General Assembly.
  • On Saturday, March 16, DAR sponsored and had a full table at the First State Dinner, hosted by the leadership of Delaware’s Democratic Party. We will be equally sponsoring the Republican Party of Delaware’s dinner on May 3. As members of the “Realtor Party,” DAR is nonpartisan, working with everyone to advance issues that protect home ownership, the natural environment, private property rights, and the real estate industry.
  • On Monday, March 18, DAR representatives attended the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce 97th Annual Dinner, which celebrated the vibrant business community. Congratulations to Rep. Quinn Johnson, attorney David Swayze, and Khristian Toolan, all of whom were recognized for their contributions to the business community.

Last, but not least, all DAR members are invited to attend — at no charge — our National Association of Realtors annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington D.C. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about the industry and to take an active role in advancing NAR’s 2019 advocacy agenda protecting the real estate industry, housing consumers, and property owners. This year the meetings will take place May 13 – 18, and the REALTORS® Trade Expo will be open May 15 and 16 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day.  Our local Realtor associations in Delaware are gearing up to bring hundreds of members to our annual DAR Congressional Delegation Meeting with Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester to discuss NAR’s key legislative priorities for 2019. That meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m. If you’re interested in attending, please contact your local association.

March 13, 2019

Legislative Action Day was a great success. More than 100 DAR members and friends came to Legislative Hall to speak up about issues of critical importance to the real estate industry and the consumers they serve. Thank you to all who came. Your voices will long be remembered. A few of the photos are included below. So what’s next?

Last week, HB65 was introduced. This bill would enable the use of roof or ground-mounted solar systems on privately owned residential homes by making deed restrictions that effectively prohibit or arbitrarily restrict the installation of solar systems in Delaware void and unenforceable, regardless of the date recorded. DAR is strongly opposed to HB65 for the following reasons:

  • The government should not interfere with the right of property owners to privately regulate the use of their properties. Homeowner associations are encouraged to consider voluntarily amending their deed restrictions to permit alternative energy sources as their community deems appropriate.
  • An expedited procedure already exists in Chancery Court for homeowners to resolve disputes about deed restrictions.
  • A mechanism also exists to lift solar restrictions in a community with a two-thirds vote of community members.

In summary, DAR believes that House Bill 65 is unnecessary because there is an agreed-upon way for a community to change its solar deed restrictions. We believe that passage of HB65 will usurp community, municipal, and county authority and could call into question the validity of other restrictions. We need your help to defeat HB65 and end the attack on deed restrictions. Please email DAR Government Affairs Director & Chief Lobbyist Sara Elalamy at  sara@delawarerealtor.com to see how you can participate.

On Another Note —
At the request of the Public Policy Committee, DAR President Brad Riedle sent a letter on behalf of the membership to our Delaware Congressional Delegation in support of Governor Carney and nine other eastern-seaboard governors in their efforts to oppose offshore drilling and seismic airgun testing on the eastern seaboard.


2018 Legislative Session

Access the 2017 review of session issues here.


2017 Legislative Session

Access the 2017 review of session issues here.


 

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