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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

Maryland : Headlines News

Supreme Court Voids Maryland Double Taxation

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Supreme Court Voids Maryland Double Taxation

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Maryland income tax law that prohibits Maryland residents from deducting from county piggyback income taxes any tax paid to other states on income earned in those states. The 5-4 decision affirmed a similar conclusion by the Maryland Court of Appeals in... Continue Reading

05/30/2015


Prince George’s Proposes Fee Increases

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Prince George’s Proposes Fee Increases

Legislation introduced on behalf of County Executive Rushern Baker would increase dozens of fees collected by the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE), and alter the process for the future adoption of fees. Among the fees increased by CB-41-2015 would be the bi-annual... Continue Reading

05/28/2015


Prince George’s Council Ponders Tax and Fee Increases

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Prince George’s Council Ponders Tax and Fee Increases

Now is the time to share concerns with the Prince George’s County Council regarding proposed tax and fee increases in the FY 2016 County budget. Items that will impact AOBA members include: · A 15 cent increase in the real property tax rate · A 38 cent increase in the... Continue Reading

05/19/2015


Montgomery County Council Votes on Fuel/Energy Tax Reduction

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Montgomery County Council Votes on Fuel/Energy Tax Reduction

On May 13, the full Montgomery County Council voted against a proposed reduction to the fuel/energy tax. AOBA's testified on a resolution to amend the fuel/energy tax rates (with proposed rates) which proposes reducing by 10 percent in FY16 the revenue received from the 2010 increase to the... Continue Reading

05/15/2015


AOBA Concludes Successful MD General Assembly Session

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AOBA Concludes Successful MD General Assembly Session

After 90 days and 2,200 bills, the Maryland General Assembly ended its 2015 legislative session with several wins for AOBA members. Much of AOBA’s legislative effort is directed to stopping the enactment of legislation that would harm our members. We were successful in defeating in... Continue Reading

05/7/2015


AOBA Opposes MD Eviction Fee Surcharge

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AOBA Opposes MD Eviction Fee Surcharge

AOBA joined the Maryland Multi-Housing Association in opposing state legislation that would impose a $3 surcharge on each summary ejectment case filed in Maryland District Court, effective July 1, 2015. HB 54 was introduced at the request of the Maryland Judiciary for the purpose of funding... Continue Reading

05/2/2015


Maryland Security Deposit Interest Bills Moving towards Enactment

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Maryland Security Deposit Interest Bills Moving towards Enactment

AOBA-backed legislation to correct key provisions in Maryland’s security deposit interest law appears headed to enactment. The Senate had passed SB 408 and the House has passed its companion bill HB 782 . This bills make several important corrections and clarifications to legislation... Continue Reading

04/26/2015


Baker Proposes Tax Increases for Education

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Baker Proposes Tax Increases for Education

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker has announced $133 million in proposed tax and revenue increases as part of his FY 2016 budget, with most of the new funds dedicated to education and public safety programs. The proposal would increase the County real property tax rate by 15... Continue Reading

04/21/2015


An AOBA Win: Bill Defeated to Allow Candidates on Multifamily Properties

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An AOBA Win: Bill Defeated to Allow Candidates on Multifamily Properties

Maryland's House Environment and Transportation Committee unanimously defeated legislation that would have required owners of multifamily residential properties to open their properties to campaign candidates and their volunteers. AOBA led the opposition to HB 373, which would have prohibited a... Continue Reading

04/14/2015


MD Assembly Passes Mid Point

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MD Assembly Passes Mid Point

After a slow start, the Maryland General Assembly has accelerated through the mid point of its 90 day session. AOBA’s government affairs team has reviewed each of the 2,100 bills introduced and met regularly with our Legislative Committee on bills impacting members. At this stage, most bills... Continue Reading

04/7/2015


Auditors Criticize MD Department of the Environment on Lead Oversight

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Auditors Criticize MD Department of the Environment on Lead Oversight

A recent report by the State Office of Legislative Audits criticized the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for inadequate oversight and follow-up of affected rental properties required to be registered with the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Reviewing MDE records for the period July... Continue Reading

04/3/2015


WSSC Budget Hearings this Week

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WSSC Budget Hearings this Week

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has proposed a $1.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 that would increase overall spending by 4.8 percent. The budget proposes a modest one percent increase in usage rates. However, the proposal would increase the account maintenance fee and... Continue Reading

03/22/2015