Government Affairs Committee
- The Government Affairs Committee keeps abreast of legislative proposals affecting real estate on a local, state and national level.
- Maintains relationships with local, state and national elected officials
- Plans and coordinates the bus trip to the annual MAR Legislative Day on Beacon Hill in Boston
- Coordinates the Legislative Town Monitor program
- Plans and coordinates the annual Legislative Breakfast
- Conducts campaigns to achieve the RPAC goal (REALTOR® Political Action Committee)
- Strives to educate members of the purpose and benefit of RPAC & PAF (Political Advocacy Fund) involvement, as well as the NAR REALTOR® Party Initiative.
The committee meets 8-9 times a year.
Members with state legislators at the RAPV annual Legislative Breakfast. From left: Pat Nolan, Rep. Stephen Kulik, Sen. Gail Candaras, Rep. Angelo Puppolo, Rep. Ellen Story, Brain Sears, Rep. John Scibak, Ben Scranton, RAPV Chief Executive Officer, and Sen. Don Humason. (file photo)
Legislative Town Monitor Program
RAPV is the first association in the state to create a Legislative Town Monitor Program. Volunteer members serve as a community "watch-dog" to report on municipal issues impacting private property rights and real estate in their town. Created by the Government Affairs Committee, a majority of the 68 Pioneer Valley communities are currently represented.
The RAPV Legislative Town Monitor program has been recognized by Jerry Matthews, nationally noted author and association consultant. He highlighted the program in his book "Creating Value in a Changing World." RAPV is one of just seven REALTOR® associations from across the nation to be included in the book which highlights organizations, individuals and firms that have identified new ways to deliver value. "Each has endeavored to create memorable customer experiences, merge real estate and virtual worlds, and adapt to rapidly changing situations," Jerry said.
Pioneer Valley Legislators
Members and staff with Senator Don Humason at the state house during the annual MAR Legislative Day on Beacon Hill.
From left: Carolanne Bright, Gerry Roy, Senator Humason, Suzi Buzzee, Brain Risler and Ben Scranton, RAPV Chief Executive Officer. (file photo)
When Congress is considering legislation that affects the real estate industry, NAR calls on its members to act. Simply by contacting your Member of Congress through an e-mail or a phone call, you can ensure that your business remains strong. NAR members join together and speak with one loud, powerful voice.
View The REALTOR® Party Why We Act video.
NAR's Broker Involvement Program empowers broker owners to alert their agents to key REALTOR® issues. When agents receive a Call for Action from their broker, they listen and respond. By urging REALTORS® to respond to NAR's Calls for Action, we can shine a bright light in Congress on important real estate issues. The more agents that take action, the more Congress will know the voice of the REALTOR® family and will respond to our industry's needs.
Contact information for the Pioneer Valley Fire Departments
List of Pioneer Valley Fire Departments.
Web site of every community in Massachusetts (source: Massachusetts Municipal Association)
Massachusetts Municipal City and Town Web Sites