What is RPAC?
RPAC stands for REALTORS® Political Action Committee working on behalf of REALTORS® for 50 plus years. RPAC aggressively pursues the election and re-election of candidates of local, state and federal office who stand up and support real estate professional on key issues like these as well as a long List of other issues critical to our future!
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What is the REALTOR® Party?
The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment.
The REALTOR® Party is the only grassroot campaign that works for the good of the Public and not a special interest group. The candidates supported by the REALTOR® Party and RPAC dollars are REALTOR® Champions and Political Affiliation makes no difference. Contributions are made to all other political parties as well, with the two major Parties having a 49% versus 50% contribution split from RPAC dollars.
NAR 2022 Agenda:
- Working with the SC business community to support passage of hate crimes legislation
- Addressing housing discrimination through supporting the administrative removal of discriminatory covenants and restrictions
- Extending the moratorium to prohibit petroleum pipeline companies from exercising eminent domain
- Addressing consumer protection issues dealing with the currently unregulated practice of real estate wholesaling
- Partnering with the SC Department of Natural Resources to allocate funding to update the state’s LiDAR flood maps
- Engaging and working with stakeholders and members of the general assembly to work towards reforming the state's tax policy
SCR 2022 Agenda
2022 SCR Legislative Priorities
H.3620 - Hate Crimes Legislation
The South Carolina business community employs citizens from all walks of life and values equity, diversity, and inclusion. In order to maintain South Carolina’s reputation as one the best states in the nation to live, work, and do business, the business community at large is calling for the General Assembly to join 48 other states and pass comprehensive legislation against hate crimes in our state. H.3620 would add enhanced penalties for someone who commits a crime against another person based on their demographic information.
By passing this legislation, SCR along with 80+ other business groups and trade associations strive to send a message and put into practice that South Carolina is not a state that condones such crimes and that hate has no place in our great state.
The House passed this legislation in the 2021 session and passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably as amended. The legislation is currently on the Senate calendar awaiting action from the full body.
H.4232 - Removal of Discriminatory Covenants & Restrictions
H.4232 would create a law at the state level which would invalidate any restrictive covenant or restriction that attempts to bar housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The legislation would create an administrative removal process, instead of a more costly removal process through the courts.
This proposed legislation would reinforce the zero tolerance policy for housing discrimination. SCR is a strong advocate for fair housing and views any effort to decrease and eliminate housing discrimiation as a welcomed step.
H.4232 was introduced at the end of the 2021 session and now awaits a hearing from the House Judiciary Committee.
H.3524 - Prohibition of Eminent Domain for Petroleum Pipeline Companies
In the 2016 session, SCR championed legislation that would prohibit private, unregulated, petroleum pipeline companies from exercising eminent domain powers. The legislation clarified a gray area in existing South Carolina law and provided for a three-year moratorium, halting petroleum pipelines from using eminent domain to take the land and homes of South Carolina citizens. The moratorium was extended in 2018 to sunset in November 2020.
H.3524 would extend the moratorium period allowing lawmakers additional time to continue their efforts to enact a more comprehensive, permanent solution to ensure private property rights are protected.
This legislation passed the House in the 2021 session by a vote of 112-0 and now awaits action from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Real Estate Wholesaling
This proposed legislation would classify the public marketing of an equitable interest for sale as the practice of real estate; therefore, a real estate license would be needed to engage in such transactions. Commonly referred to as "wholesaling," the marketing of an equitable interest occurs after an individual enters a contract for a property and then attempts to sell that same property to someone else before the original closing. For the average consumer who does not frequently purchase real estate it can be hard to distinguish "wholesaling" operations from licensed real estate brokerage firms. This proposal would provide necessary consumer protections as this practice is currently unregulated. By making "wholesaling" the practice of real estate the Real Estate Commission would be empowered to address complaints raised by the public.
Updated LiDAR Flood Mapping
Many regions of our state’s flood maps have not been updated since 2007. A number of new technologies and methods in recent years have made the creation of flood maps more accurate and precise.
With Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, the ability to provide accurate elevations throughout the floodplain can be attained quickly and affordably.
The proposed legislation would require the SC Geological Survey Unit at the Department of Natural Resources to conduct/update topographic mapping using LiDAR technology for data collection. The bill specifies that collection must comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards and that the data collected would be provided to DNR's flood mitigation program. The legislation would also require that the maps be made available to the public, governmental agencies, and appropriate private industry.
SCR supports lawmakers in their efforts to provide for updated, statewide flood mapping so that risk information may be shared more effectively.
These are examples of your RPAC dollars at work! REALTOR® Champions support private property rights, homeownership rights, and promote a vibrant business environment. We have a strong voice but we need your support to keep Our Voice being heard at the Local, State and National Levels. Please consider giving to RPAC today! Click Here to Invest!