Well, since about this time last month, I have been hunting and gathering to bring you important information about the 87th Legislative Session and TREPAC. There is never a lack of information to give you about TREPAC, so have a seat and let’s get started!

Where to start, where to start, where to start…

Just in case you missed logging into the 2021 Texas REALTORS® Winter Meeting, you can visit texasrealestate.com/wintermeeting and catch up and check out all the recorded sessions.

You can watch Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar interviewed by Texas REALTOR® Chairman Marvin Jolly, State Representative Cody Harris interviewed by REALTOR® Kristy Wages (Region 5), and a great presentation about federal, state and local advocacy with Shannon McGahn, chief advocacy officer at NAR, Tray Bates, TR vice president of Government Affairs and Adam Majorie, Collin County Association of REALTORS® chief advocacy officer. Just viewing these three segments will give you a whole new perspective about your associations and the advocacy that TREPAC has been doing on your behalf for almost fifty years. By the way, TREPAC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022. Stay tuned!

As of this writing, Texas REALTORS® is following 1,211 of the 3,721 bills filed so far this session. The number of bills filed is really low compared to the same time in previous sessions, and you can imagine several reasons for that. Just think about this year so far, and almost everything is behind schedule. You can follow the Texas REALTORS® Government Affairs team on Twitter: @TXREALTORS_GA, and you can download a copy of the Texas REALTORS® Legislative Priorities book at TexasRealEstate.com/issues.

REALTOR® Day Legislative Meetings Rescheduled in March and April 

Due to the ongoing challenges resulting from extreme weather across the state, the virtual REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol meetings with legislators have been rescheduled to later dates:

• Opening Session:

March 15 from 10 to 11 a.m.

• March 15 through April 9: Meetings with Texas legislators — Scheduling will begin soon and will be based on each legislator’s availability

• Closing Session:

April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.

REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol is a cornerstone event in the association’s advocacy efforts. This event is usually held in person at the Texas Capitol; however, Texas REALTORS® is adapting this year’s event by hosting virtual meetings with members of the 87th Texas Legislature in March and April. The 2021 legislative session looks different than years past, and the need for REALTORS® to advocate for Texas real estate is greater than ever. More details will be shared soon and will be available at texasrealestate.com/realtorday.

So… What is it about TREPAC that you should know?

The mission of TREPAC/Texas REALTORS® Political Action Committee is to raise and disburse funds to promote home ownership, protect real property rights and increase political awareness.

TREPAC/Texas REALTORS® Political Action Committee, along with our national and local REALTOR® associations, have a proven track record of advocating on behalf of property owners and our REALTOR® members. 

We can be proud that our REALTOR® organizations have maintained strong relationships with elected officials at all levels, regardless of political party, and that is one of the biggest reasons why our advocacy efforts are so successful.

All our decisions begin locally, and we welcome every opportunity to educate colleagues on what it means to be the REALTOR® Party.

The strength of the REALTOR® Party is in its diversity and bi-partisan support. We are comprised of individuals who bring their own ideas, and we unite in our shared goal of advancing public policies for the betterment of property owners, our communities and the real estate profession.

We can’t do this without you!

As a REALTOR® member, you can learn more about TREPAC and make an investment if you like. Just visit TREPAC.com and after you log in, you can find as much information as you would like. 

When COVID-19 first reared its ugliness to us all last year, and our lives changed considerably, real estate was declared an essential service in Texas, in large part because of the ongoing relationships we have developed with our elected officials going back almost 50 years.

It might be a cliché, but it rings true now more than ever: If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu!

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