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|Federal Legislative Priorities|
BOMA International advocates on behalf of the commercial real estate industry on Capitol Hill, in states across the country and in federal agencies. BOMA furthers the industry’s legislative and regulatory agendas by actively working with lawmakers and government officials to advance issues most important to its members, including the three listed below:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law in 1990, greatly increased the protection and advancement of the rights of Americans with disabilities. Because of this landmark law, accessibility has dramatically improved in buildings around the country over the past three decades. Unfortunately, some attorneys are undermining the spirit of the ADA by subverting the intent of the law to make a profit without improving accessibility. These attorneys file lawsuits over technical, easily correctable accessibility violations and pressure business owners into paying large settlements consisting principally of attorney’s fees. They are more interested in quick financial settlements than removing any ADA barriers.
While the lack of infrastructure is a national problem, there is also a unique connection to commercial real estate. New and increased funding mechanisms are needed to keep up with the country's infrastructure needs. For the building industry, we have become dependent on the government's ability to fund certain infrastructure projects, which oftentimes dictates the success and viability of commercial real estate properties. Our members understand that buildings can only be as successful as the infrastructure that supports it. Most notable is the necessity of a solid and reliable infrastructure to facilitate the movement of people to the places they live and work.
Energy use in commercial buildings is one of the largest controllable operating costs for property owners and managers. Our members have a vested interest in reducing their energy use to save money for tenants and owners. In recent years, Congress has introduced several proposals that would combine the business model of energy efficiency with the social and environmental need for our nation to reduce electricity production, all while still serving our domestic energy needs.