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Government AFFAIRS government Affairs Report State Legislative Update POLITICS AND POLICY DRIVE SuMMER ENGAGEMENT The state legislative cycle ends and begins with Sine Die. The legislature convenes each year on the second Monday in January and typically continues until the end of March or early April. This year, the session adjourned on March 24. Each session's final gavel signals the beginning of campaign season. Georgia's primary election took place just two months after Sine Die, and incumbents needed every day to raise money and run for reelection. This year, several Republican legislators in leadership positions faced challengers from the right, and prominent Democrats were also contested. In addition to those races involving incumbent legislators, the recent trend of voluntary retirement continues on as more and more members decide not to seek reelection. The resulting turnover within the General Assembly has an impact on the way the legislature operates and our approach to advocacy. Candidates focused exclusively on the primary election in the time between adjournment and late spring. With the primary now behind them, their attention turns to public policy and preparations for the 2017 Session. The Government Affairs Team remains active throughout the campaign season and continues to engage as legislators contemplate a variety of policy issues over the rest of the year. Legislative study committees often drive this work. Study committees function as small, short-term working groups, allowing lawmakers to deliberate important issues absent the constraints of a 40-day session. It is common for experts, industry professionals and regulators to be involved throughout the study committee process. In the recent past, for example, we have been actively involved in study committees related to Airbnb and mold remediation. The Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House typically announce study committee appointments Haydon Stanley, State Legislative Consultant Penny Moceri, Regulatory Affairs Manager J u ly/au g u s t 2 016 | h a bitat | 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Habitat - July/August 2016

Chair’s Message
Legal Talk
The Greening of the Atlanta Multifamily Housing Industry
Government Affairs
Up Close
LEED in Sustainability
Volunteer’s Corner
AAA Platinum Patron Member Profile: BOS Security
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: For Rent Media Solutions
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Belfor
AAA Gold Patron Member Profile: Renters Reference Services Inc.
New Members
Advertisers’ Index

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