Legislative Management Team

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2017 Roster

Ashley Holmes - Chair
Realty Austin

Matthew Cornwall - Vice Chair
Team Price Real Estate

Katy Hall - Past Chair
Realty Austin

Tamera Baker - TREPAC Trustee
Blue Line Realty, LLC

Socar Chatmon-Thomas - Housing Issues Policy Team Chair
Elegant Estates by Auction

Amity Courtois - Public Education Policy Team Chair
Give Realty, Inc

Steve Crorey - President-Elect
Sierra Homes Realty

Bill Evans - TREPAC Trustee
Austin Real Pros, REALTORS

Michael Francis - Property Manager Member
Rollingwood Management, Inc

Goddard R. Elton - ABoR PAC Vice Chair
Elegant Estates by Auction

Brandy Guthrie  - Political Involvement Council
Sky Realty

Ruby Johnson - ABoR PAC Chair
Keller Williams Realty C.P.

Diane Kennedy - TREPAC Trustee
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR

Bill Morris - Growth & Development Chair
RE/MAX Capital City

Teresa Scott-Tibbs - Board of Directors Appointment
Keller Williams Realty

Caren Upshaw - Water Policy Team Chair
Realty Austin

Jacob Youngblood - Transportation Policy Team Chair
Team Dream Realtors

Andrei Lubomudrov - Staff Liaison
Austin Board of REALTORS

 

2017 Legislative Management Team Charter

Committee Type: Steering Committee

Committees of the Board that make policy recommendations to the Board of Directors with regard to areas critical to the functioning of the Association.   Steering Committees meet monthly or as needed.

Chair: Ashley Holmes
Vice Chair: Matthew Cornwall

Mission Statement: Recommend positions to the Board of Directors on candidate endorsements, ballot initiatives, and public policy issues consistent with the Preamble of the Code of Ethics that supports “the creation of adequate housing, the building of functioning cities, the development of productive industries and farms, and the preservation of a healthful environment.

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Develop an annual public policy agenda that clearly demonstrates the issues of interest to the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  2. Develop policy positions for board approval on specific legislation and issues within the scope of the mission of this body.
  3. Focus policy study of issues subcommittees on the areas of transportation & infrastructure, conservation & utilities, smart growth & development, local property issues, transportation issues, & water and conservation issues.
  4. Assist in the implementation of political affairs programs such as candidate interviews.
  5. Assist in educating the membership on public policy and political issues with a goal of increasing member involvement in the areas of political programs and public policy.
  6. Focus policy study of issues subcommittees on the areas of transportation, local water issues, smart growth/development, local property issues, and housing initiatives.

Scope:

  1. Become knowledgeable of local, regional, state, and national public policy issues impacting our industry, property owners, and ABoR.
  2. The committee shall make policy, candidate, and issue recommendations without personal bias or ulterior motives and represent the entire membership of ABoR in doing so.
  3. The committee shall comply with the applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding political activities of associations with a 501©6 designation.

BOARD COMMITTEE PRINCIPLES:
Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to minimally interfere with the wholeness of the board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from board to CEO.

  1. Board committees are to help the board do its job, not to help the staff do its jobs. Committees ordinarily will assist the board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for board deliberation. Board committees are not to be created by the board to advise staff.
  2. Board committees may not speak or act for the board except when formally given such authority for specific and time‑limited purposes. Expectations and authority will be carefully stated in order not to conflict with authority delegated to the chief executive.
  3. Board committees cannot exercise authority over staff. Because the chief executive works for the full board, the CEO will not be required to obtain approval of a board committee before an executive action. In keeping with the board’s broader focus, board committees will normally not have direct dealings with current staff operations.
  4. Board committees are to avoid over‑identification with organizational parts rather than the whole. Therefore, a board committee which has helped the board create policy on some topic will not be used to monitor organizational performance on that same subject.
  5. This policy applies only to committees which are formed by board action, whether or not the committees include non‑board members. It does not apply to committees formed under the authority of the chief executive.

Committee Guidelines

  1. The committee must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  2. The committee members must be REALTOR® member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  3. Committee Chair may serve as Past Chair the following year for consistency.
  4. The committee cannot conduct business without a quorum of committee members present (more than 50%).
  5. Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least ¾ of the meeting.
  6. The chair is required to drop a volunteer committee member after 3 absences from regularly scheduled meetings. This provision may be waived by super majority ¾ vote.
  7. All members subject to censure or removal at the direction of the Board of Directors, under the Volunteer Commitment Agreement.
  8. The Committee, with a super majority ¾ vote, may censure or remove members of the Committee. Any discussion or action of censuring should be conducted during a “closed meeting.”
  9. The Committee Chair has the authority to create a subcommittee or task force with approval by the Board of Directors
  10. The Committee Chair may recommend that the task force or Subcommittee be dissolved once it is determined that the project is complete. This action must be approved by the BOD under the minutes of the Committee.
  11. That subcommittees may continue into subsequent years but the leadership for that subcommittee (i.e. Chair) may shift (Vice Chair would become Chair). However, should Vice Chair not desire the position, such position will be appointed by the Committee Chair.
  12. The committee may consult with ABoR legal counsel when appropriate.
  13. One of the duties of a Committee member arising from their fiduciary duty to the association is the duty of loyalty.  One aspect of this duty expects Committee members to keep confidential issues confidential.  Committee members will have access to information, that if revealed to outsiders, could be damaging or sensitive to other members or staff, harmful to the best interests of the organization, or even create legal liability.  Information provided to the committee may concern personnel, financial, contractual, membership or legal matters.  It will often be confidential and is intended for use in decision making and governance.  Committee members agree that such information shall be held in the strictest of confidence and shall not be divulged to any outside party, including other members, without authorization of the board President or CEO.  This confidentiality agreement survives the member’s service on the committee.
  14. Electronic Votes:

For electronic considerations, the Board of Directors requires a valid process be followed for electronic votes.

  • All communication/votes in reference to an electronic vote shall be cc’d to all
    Committee Members
  • Each Committee Member shall cast their vote by 5:00 pm the day after distribution of the electronic consideration
  • No response shall be counted as an “abstention”
  • The day following the completion of an electronic vote, staff or Committee Chair shall report the roll call vote to all Committee Members
  • All Committee Members shall confirm their vote by end of day when the roll call vote is offered
  • If a Committee Member does not confirm his/her vote, the Committee Members vote shall be considered correct.
  • No Committee or Association Action shall be taken until the entire vote is confirmed.

Committee Structure:

The Legislative Management Team shall consist of any REALTOR® member of ACTRIS as outlined below:

  1. The committee shall not exceed seventeen
  2. The committee members shall be appointed by the ABOR Board of Directors.
  3. The committee Chair (1) and Vice Chair (1) will be appointed by the Board of Directors. The Board may choose to appoint the Chair and Vice Chair from the roster of current applicants. The Vice Chair can become Chair the following year at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  4. The Board of Directors shall appoint one (1) ABoR Board of Director and one (1) Leasing & Property Management Professional member to sit on the committee.
  5. The committee shall consist of all Texas Association of REALTORS® Region 15 TREPAC Trustees (3) and Political Involvement Council representatives (1).
  6. The committee shall consist of the chair of each LMT Policy Team, not to exceed five teams or appointments (5).
  7. The committee shall consist of the Chair and Vice Chair of the ABoR TREPAC Committee (2).
  8. The previous year’s Chair shall continue to serve as an LMT member for one year following the end of their term as Chair (1).
  9. The President-Elect of ABoR will be granted a term on the LMT(1).
  10. A vacancy on the Legislative Management Team may, but need not necessarily, be filled by the Board of Directors.
 

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