Day at the Capital

NAIOP works with state and local chapters to engage with state leaders on legislative proposals and policies that could impact commercial real estate.

When NAIOP members come together to address important issues with their state representatives, those elected officials listen. 

These sessions allow NAIOP members to learn more about important legislative issues, and to speak directly to policymakers about crucial issues. NAIOP Corporate will help you strategize and organize your “Day at the State Capital” in order to maximize your impact and effectiveness.  Contact Toby Burke for more information.

2018 Day at the Capital 

NAIOP members from 25 chapters in 10 states partnering with other real estate groups were active legislatively in the following state capitals on the following issues:

Arizona

  • Supported Government Property Lease Excise Taxes (GPLET) Reform. NAIOP supported a bill, enacted into law, which addresses existing infrastructure projects while protecting the tax abatement for future GPLET deals.
  • Supported Construction Contract Indemnification. The final bill, which reflects NAIOP’s preferred approach, passed the Senate and House easily and awaits action by the Governor.
  • Supported increased workforce development, including a pay raise for teachers.

California

  • Supported the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAIOP raised awareness the state needs to reform ADA laws to minimize unnecessary lawsuits and provide a “right to cure.”
  • Opposed Split Roll property tax. NAIOP detailed the burdens this policy would place on the economy of California and individual businesses.
  • Supported a workplace hardship exemption for industrial properties dealing with lactation policy. NAIOP backed a bill that is based on current federal/state law, and opposed one that trigger millions of dollars unnecessary construction expenses.
  • Defeated well-funded and serious legislative attempt to ban dual-agency firms and transactions in California.
  • Re-wrote two seismic safety measures to reduce costs to owners.
  • Defeated measures to ban natural gas in new construction and re-write building code “cost effectiveness” calculations.

Colorado

  • Supported amendments to Denver’s voter-approved green roof ordinance that would give building owners multiple options to address heat island effects.
  • Opposed multiple local and statewide growth-limitation efforts.
  • Worked to address affordable housing concerns through continued efforts to encourage the development of owner-occupied attached housing by supporting construction defect litigation reform and opposing efforts to weaken contractual arbitration provisions.

Florida

  • Leader in the effort to further reduce the business rent tax; Florida is the only state that imposes one.
  • Supported improvements to and fought off efforts to attack Community Revitalization Agencies.
  • Supported implementation of FAST Act legislation, modeled on a proposal in Georgia. The act would compel local governments to meet their own promised permitting deadlines or reduce their fees.

Minnesota

  • Supported the elimination of the automatic inflator on Minnesota’s commercial real estate property tax.
  • Supporting the easing of the burden of statewide business taxes, fees and regulations.
  • Supporting the reduction and elimination of the Minnesota Statewide General Levy on commercial real estate properties.
  • Supporting investments in Minnesota’s transportation system while defeating value-capture funding mechanisms.
  • Supporting transparency in government expenditures that impact Minnesota commercial real estate.

North Carolina

  • Supported economic incentives to make North Carolina competitive with its neighbors in attracting business to the state.
  • Worked with the General Assembly to reduce the complexity of the North Carolina Tax Code, and to reduce regulations at the state and local levels.
  • Supported clarifying language to exempt minor building maintenance and repairs from a sale-and-use tax created in 2015.

Ohio

  • Supported tax incentives (H.B. 469) that support major commercial development projects that exceed $50 million, are 15-floors or higher, and are expected to have a “transformational economic impact.”
  • Supported a measure (H.B. 727) create a state opportunity zone program that mirrors federal opportunity zone legislation.
  • Supported protecting property rights against arbitrary incursions by the state EPA without formal due process. An example includes “riparian corridors” that are being required in certain watersheds by the state. This unfairly reduces the value of private property, and is not allowed under current law. State legislative policy should be clarified to eliminate such incursions.
  • Support establishment of the “Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund 2.0” to provide state funding for Brownfield redevelopment.

Pennsylvania

  • Supported increasing transportation funding.
  • Supported a uniform permitting processes within state agencies.
  • Supported state 1031 Exchange program; Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn’t provide for 1031 Exchanges.

Utah

  • Supported an expedited permitting process.
  • Supported increased infrastructure funding.
  • Supported sensible commercial Property Tax Amendments.

Wisconsin

  • Supported legislation to reduce property taxes by $90 million each year.
  • Supported legislation that prohibited local governments from enacting inclusionary zoning ordinances.
  • Supported legislation to maintain Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
  • Supported an increase in infrastructure investment.