At the CCIM Institute, Bill Milliken, President of the Michigan Association of REALTORS® works with the CCIM Legislative Affairs Department on legislative and policy issues. Bill sat down to talk about legislative advocacy in the CCIM Podcast ahead of the CCIM’s April 10th Capitol Hill Visit. The highlights:
One of the greatest things about our system of government is the amount of lawmaking done in public. The texts of bills, and speeches on bills of all kinds is public information. When proposed laws come up, we have a chance to see what they are, where they came from, who they will benefit, who they will impact and why, and when the votes are coming.
But because of all the work involved, it’s still a only a slim chance. Being allowed access to this information is merely the first step. For example, NAR Commercial’s efforts on Capitol Hill include this exhaustive work of staying on top of the congressional record, watching carefully for issues that relate to commercial real estate when they arise, tracking their progress through the chambers and replicating all of this for all 50 states in addition to DC.