Advocacy

Protecting and Enhancing the Value of Members' Investments

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AOBA's non-partisan government affairs activities in DC, Maryland and Virginia provide members with substantial savings in utilities, property taxes and other regulatory fees -- savings that enhance value to owners, tenants and residents. Brief highlights of AOBA's advocacy accomplishments in 2018 are included in the 2018 Year in Review publication.

AOBA's advocacy efforts are focused on:

  • guarding against burdensome tax increases and inappropriate regulations;
  • seeking reasonable building regulations;
  • advocating before public service commissions to keep energy costs down;
  • promoting responsible housing regulation to preserve affordability; and
  • reducing government costs and hassles.
 
For specific questions and assistance, contact AOBA's Advocacy team:

Regional Advocacy Issues: Nicola Whiteman, Esq., Senior Vice
President of Government Affairs

District of Columbia: Kirsten Williams, Esq., Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Commercial;  Randi Marshall, Vice President of Government Affairs, DC - Residential

Maryland: Ron Wineholt, Vice President of Government Affairs, MD;
Montgomery County: Nicola Whiteman

Virginia: Brian Gordon, Vice President of Government Affairs, VA, or
Bismah Ahmed, Director of Government Affairs, VA

Takis Karantonis won a special election this week to replace Eric Gutshall on the Arlington County Board after his April resignation. His term on...

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Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Virginia will go into Phase 3 reopening on Wednesday, July 1. Under Phase 3, business restrictions will...

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Mayor Bowser has signed an order moving the District into Phase Two of its reopening plans as of Monday, June 22nd. Per the Mayor's Order,...

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Governor Ralph Northam announced yesterday that Virginia is not yet ready to enter Phase 3 of reopening. However, the administration did shed some...

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As part of Executive Order 63, Governor Ralph Northam directed the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry to develop emergency...

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Per an Executive Order (pending Council approval), Montgomery County will begin Phase 2 this Friday, June 19. The Executive Order sets forth the...

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Montgomery and Prince George's Counties expect to start the second phase of reopening next week. Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks...

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On June 9, the Prince George’s County Council unanimously passed emergency bill CB 16-20, to prohibit rent increases and late fees, establish...

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Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Northern Virginia will enter Phase 2 reopening to join the rest of the Commonwealth on Friday, June 12. ...

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Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order, Maryland begins Stage 2 of reopening effective Friday, June 5 at 5 PM. The Executive Order sets forth the...

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Per Executive Order, Prince George's County begins a modified Phase One reopening effective today, June 1. The Executive Order sets forth the...

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