2017 Legislative Session

Legislation Tracking & Our Positions

Washington REALTORS® and our contacts spend a lot of time researching and staying involved with Legislation that affects housing.  Throughout the 2017 Legislative Session, we've been tracking several bills that have a high impact on the housing industry and our communities.  View the information for each bill:

SB5239
SB5254

BUDGET

Latest Videos

Government Affairs News

  • REALTORS®' Position on Tax Reform

    Summary:

    We've received a lot of inquiries from members and the public regarding our position on Tax Reform...

  • Misinformation on Tax Reform

    Summary:

    Tackling misinformation spread by Heritage Action for America regarding Tax Reform.

  • Call For Action #TaxReform

    Summary:

    Do no harm to Homeownership! Take action with a few very simple steps to let Congress know that you want to protect tax incentives for homeowners.

  • Legislative Successes

    Summary:

    Coming into the 2017 Legislative Session we knew two things. First, because of a Supreme Court order, the Legislature was going to have to spend significantly more money on K-12 education. Second, we knew that real estate and REALTORS® were in the cross hairs on where that revenue would come from. With a final budget vote taken on June 30th we can now tell you who the winners this session were - schools in our communities and also small businesses like yours.

  • Call to Action - Oppose Increase of the REET

    Summary:

    Increasing a real estate tax rate that is already one of highest in the country, and is not a fair or stable revenue source, will hurt affordability for homeowners, businesses, and renters. REALTORS® request you oppose increasing the Real Estate Excise Tax.

  • Bill Clarke Provides Hirst Update

    Summary:

    Washington REALTORS® Public Policy Director Bill Clark provides an update and much needed clarification on the Hirst Decision and WR's support for SB5239.

  • Call for Action Launched!

    Summary:

    On Monday, April 24, Governor Inslee called the 2017 Legislature into a 30-day Special Session to negotiate the 2017-2019 Operating Budget and to comply with the Supreme Court’s McCleary education funding decision. Washington REALTORS® recently launched an extensive media campaign opposing real estate tax increases. And while the budget and taxes will have top priority in the Special Session, we need you to ask your legislator for action on two important policy issues during the Special Session: fixing the Hirst water rights decision and addressing housing supply and homelessness funding.

  • Washington Real Estate Commission Opportunity

    Summary:

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be appointing a new member to the Washington Real Estate Commission later this summer when Commissioner George Pilant of Tacoma concludes his twelve years on the Commission.

  • Fix Hirst

    Summary:

    Washington REALTORS® supports SB 5239 to help fix the Hirst decision.

  • Broker Alert: Update on Hirst v. Whatcom County

    Summary:

    Broker Alert on the impacts in Washington State & legislative efforts.