SPC Update: A Government Shutdown & OK Turnaround

OAR Expands Team

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two public policy veterans to our team. Josh Cockroft and Will Gattenby will serve as Senior Director of Government Affairs and Senior Director of Membership and Communications, respectively.

Cockroft is a former Republican member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, who represented District 27 from 2010 to 2018. He has served as a member of the House leadership under two speakers, as assistant majority whip, as a presiding officer in the House, as the chairman of the House Rules Committee and as the chairman of the House Special Investigative Committee.

Gattenby brings nearly ten years of experience in communications and policy. His previous roles include director of communications for Mick Cornett’s gubernatorial campaign and a U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey, press secretary for former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and account services coordinator for Sagac Public Affairs.

Be sure to say hello at the next OAR event!


What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for REALTORS®?

The federal government has now been shut down for 28 days with no end in sight. The partial shutdown has included some federal housing, mortgage and more real estate-related industries.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®, 11 percent of REALTORS® have reported an impact on current and potential clients. The most common impact at 25 percent was the buyer deciding not to buy due to general economic uncertainty even though they were not federal government employees. In addition, as 17 percent who reported closing delays because of a USDA loan.

Visit the NAR website for more details.

 

Oklahoma’s Turnaround Begins

Oklahoma’s 28th Governor, Kevin Stitt, was inaugurated into office this week and OAR is eager to be a part of “Oklahoma’s Turnaround.” If you missed it, click here to catch his inauguration speech.

 

Legislative Session on the Horizon

With the inauguration officially behind us, a new legislative session begins. The first regular session of the 57th legislature convenes on Monday, Feb. 4. With so many freshmen this year, it’s important to be sure you know your legislators and begin building connections as you represent OAR in the new year.

Yesterday was the deadline for legislation to be filed for the 2019 Legislative session, and here is a little breakdown:

  • House: 1733 bills filed, 21 joint resolutions
  • Senate: 1040 bills filed, 21 joint resolutions
  • Combined: 2773 new bills filed and 42 joint resolutions

That is a lot of information to sort through, and the OAR Government Affairs Committee will be meeting on Jan. 28 to break out and read through each new bill looking for things that will potentially impact our industry.

We’re also watching three specific bills that were filed at the request of OAR. Click on the bill number to read it:

  • SB104 by Senator Paul Rosino – Marketing Clarification/Inducement
  • SB915 by Senator Paul Rosino – Remote Electronic Signature
  • SB961 by Senator Jason Smalley – Homebuyer Savings Account