DCAR has one primary committee, comprised of volunteer members of the Association. The Public Policy Committee deals with legislation and regulations in the District.
The committee meets officially once a month at our Dupont Circle office, and members are expected to be active in the Association’s work. In exchange, those members are able to express their interests to the rest of the committee, and the DCAR Board of Directors.
How to Join
Applications for the 2020 Public Policy Committee will open in Fall 2019.
The application process is fairly straightforward, and interested members are welcome and encouraged to apply when applications open. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available below.
Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee deals with pending legislation, possible future legislation and standing laws that might be subject to revision. This committee works directly with Vice President of Government Affairs Katalin Peter, and it shapes DCAR’s official stance on many crucial issues, including hefty matters of interest the past few years such as the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Benefit, TOPA, the Real Estate Guaranty Fund and eviction procedure.
The Committee worked through several nuances of each issue, such as what an acceptable percentage of Area Median Income (AMI) threshold for the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Benefit would be and what the ideal fix for TOPA would be. Other regulations and restrictions are frequently discussed, and few individuals in the city are more in touch with real estate legislation than DCAR’s Public Policy Committee.
Members also have access to DC Council hearings, and they are occasionally called upon to testify in front of the Council on behalf of DCAR.
Members can learn more about DCAR’s policy stances here.