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PAR Guide to Constitutional Amendments

Voters statewide will be asked to decide yes or no on six proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. These amendments address a number of serious issues. The PAR Guide to Consitutional Amendments does not tell you how to vote but rather offers voters an analysis of the issues in order to make informed decisions.

Congress Extends NFIP through November 30

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to extend flood insurance funding. The bill cleared the House previously and is expected to be signed into law by the President. More than 129,000 REALTORS® representing about 15% of NAR members sent letters to their members of Congress in support of the extension. 

VIDEO: Message from the CEO

The Louisiana Legislature adjourned the third 2018 Special Session late Sunday evening. Norman Morris, CEO gives a quick update on how REALTORS and homeowners won't be impacted by the budget plan and revenue-raising measures. Morris also encourages members to respond to the Call for Action on the National Flood Insurance Program. 

2018 Legislative Session Recap

Louisiana REALTORS® is happy to report that the real estate industry came out of the 2018 Regular Legislative Session unscathed once again.  In large part, the bills that Louisiana REALTORS® supported are awaiting action on the part of the governor and bills that Louisiana REALTORS® opposed were either heavily amended to remove our opposition or stalled in the legislative process.

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE EVENTS OF NOTE

This is the weekly summary of legislative events of note having to do with inclusionary zoning and regulation of boards and commissions.

Summary of Legislative Events of Note

This is the weekly summary of legislative events of note having to do with inclusionary zoning and regulation of boards and commissions.

2018 Legislative Session (Week 5)

As we gear up for the state's legislative conference, week 5 update reports on the activity of the bills being followed related to inclusionary zoning and the regulation of boards and commissions. 

2018 Legislative Session (Week 4)

Week 4 reports movement on several issues including Residential Property Disclosure and changes to security deposits for residential leases. Ongoing issues being watched is on inclusionary zoning and the regulation of the state's boards and commissions. Read more for what took place at the Capitol

2018 Legislative Session (Week 3)

This was a busy week at the Capitol and lots of bills are in various phases of the legislative process. The following provides an update on key pieces of legislation that the LR Lobbying Team is following and actively monitoring.

2018 Legislative Bill Tracker

Louisiana REALTORS® convened a group of legislative volunteers and the lobbying team for a review of over a hundred pieces of legislation filed for the 2018 regular session. Each bill is reviewed and considered by whether it impacts the real estate industry, it's practitioners, or if it impacts the property rights for Louisiana's citizens.

HB 383 Advances out of House Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 383 by Representative Paula Davis was reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee by a 9 to 4 vote. Today's success can be attributed to the support of a great bill author, a great lobbying team, and the effort by REALTOR® members responding to the Call for Action and contacting their legislators for support of this bill.

RECAP: 2018 Legislative Session (Week 1)

The first week of the 2018 Legislative Regular Session is over and very few substantive bills have been moved to the House or Senate floor.  It is expected that many bills will be heard in committee next week and things will start moving at a faster pace. Louisiana REALTORS® will provide regular updates on items throughout session. 

Introducing Louisiana First Home

Introducing Louisiana First Home

Many aspiring first-time homebuyers find it hard to save for a down payment, especially with young families that are heavily burdened by student debt. The Louisiana First-Time Home Buyer Program would offer the help families need to buy their first home by reimbursing a portion of the first-time homebuyer’s closing costs and down payment and ultimately help boost our economy.

2018 Legislative Special Session

Norman Morris, CEO along with 2018 LR President, Pam Testroet and Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Kim Callaway take a quick minute to discuss why REALTORS® need to ENGAGE and be READY to ACT as the state legislature convenes for a Special Session beginning Monday, February 19 to address the state's $1B budget deficit.