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 Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill in Boston as well as the annual Legislative Breakfast.
- Coordinates the Legislative Town Monitor program.
- Conducts campaigns to achieve the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) goal of the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
- Strives to educate members of the purpose and benefit of RPAC and Political Advocacy Fund (PAF) involvement, as well as the NAR REALTOR® Party Initiative.
The committee meets 8-9 times a year.
Right: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito addresses members and guests at the 2017 Legislative Breakfast.
Legislative Town Monitor Program
REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (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 within the community in which they live. Members tasked with monitoring activities such as reviewing City Council/Board of Selectmen meeting agendas and minutes, reading local news, reviewing Town Meeting proposals, create a keyword Google Alert system and reporting issues of concern. Monitors are asked to file an annual report. The program was created and is overseen by the Government Affairs Committee with a majority of the Pioneer Valley communities currently represented in the counties of Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire. Additionally, the program can be used to increase advocacy engagement at the local level.
View the list of our Legislative Town Monitors.
RAPV's 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
Locate your Massachusetts Senators.
Locate your Massachusetts Representatives.
Photo at right: REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley members and leaders at the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) 33rd Annual Day on Beacon Hill in Boston on June 7, 2018. Front left to right: Cheryl Malandrinos, Representative Carlos Hernandez (D-Mass.), Suzanne Moore, Dawn Rodgers, Aileen Dacyczyn, Edward Alford (President), Kelly Bowman (President-Elect) and Ben Scranton (Chief Executive Officer). Back left to right: Shawn Bowman, Brian Sears, Laura Herring (Director of Operations), Michelle Stegall and Kevin Sears.
When Congress is considering legislation that affects the real estate industry, the National Association of REALTORS® (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. Visit the REALTOR® Party Act page.
View the REALTOR® Party Why We Act video.
Register to Vote: Make the Voice of Real Estate Heard
Being a registered voter means getting heard loud and strong during every election. Advocacy begins with voting. In order to affect positive change in the real estate industry, it is important for REALTORS® to be active voters.
When registering to vote, you will need to provide personal informaton including name, address and identification. This information is required by the state government as part of the registration process. Any personal information or other unique identifiers required by law for voter registration that are submitted in the process of registering to vote are used to produce the voter registration form to send to your local and state election officials and for the sole use of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Any detailed information beyond your name and address (such as state identification number or social security number) is NOT retained or stored.
While NAR provides this service to make it easier for your to register to vote, your registration form will be sent to and processed by your state or local election officials. To find out the status of your voter registration application, please contact your Secretary of State or local elections official (you will be given the correct office name and address after you have completed your registration form).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Support voter registration organizations by promoting and partnering with them. One such non-profit group is Rock the Vote with brand-name partners such as American Eagle Outfitters and promoted by individuals in the music industry like Madonna.
NAR's Broker Involvement Program empowers broker owners to alert their agents to key REALTOR® issues. When agents receive a Call for Action (CFA) from their broker, they listen and respond. By urging REALTORS® to respond to NAR's CFAs, we can shine a bright light in Congress on important real estate issues. The more agents take action, the more Congress will know the voice of the REALTOR® family and respond to our industry's needs.
Communities in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Municipal Association list of city and town websites in the Commonwealth.
- Locate information such as departments of fire, police and emergency services; libraries; local government and community activities and initiatives.
- Pioneer Valley cities and towns are located in the following counties - Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire.