Legislative Management Team

2020 Roster

Theresa Bastian – Chair
Let’s Move Austin, LLC

Dave Floyd – Vice Chair
Floyd Real Estate, LLC

Matthew Cornwall
Team Price Real Estate

Ashley Jackson
Realty Austin

Diane Kenndy
Coldwell Banker United REALTOR®

Dawn Lavka
Dawn Lavka Realty

Holly Massingill
Keller Williams Realty

Bill Morris – Past Chair
RE/MAX Capital City

Aaron Mullens
The Groove Realty

Julie Sandham
Spencer Properties

Teresa Scott-Tibbs
Keller Williams Realty

Abigail Tatkow
Cityscape Property Group

Sunny Tracey
Spyglass Realty

Suzanne Valentine
Realty Austin

Jacob Youngblood
Texas Dreams Realtors

2020 Legislative Management Team Charter

Committee Type: Standing Committee

Mission: Expand and deepen ABoR’s government affairs initiatives and member engagement in advocacy and the electoral process.

Chair: Theresa Bastian
Vice Chair: Dave Floyd

Committee Composition: The Committee composition shall be as follows at the time the Committee selection is approved by the Board of Directors:

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

  • The committee shall not exceed fifteen members. 
  • The committee members shall be appointed by the ABoR Board of Directors. 
  • The committee Chair (1) and Vice Chair (1) will be appointed by the Board of Directors.  
  • The Board of Directors shall appoint one (1) ABoR Board of Director or Designee to sit on the committee.  
  • The committee shall consist of all Texas Association of REALTORS® Region 15 TREPAC Trustees (3) as ex-officio voting members so any absences will not affect the quorum, and Political Involvement Council representatives (1). 
  • The committee shall consist of the chair of each LMT Policy Team, not to exceed five teams or appointments (5): 
    • Neighborhoods, housing and affordability
    • Growth and development
    • Infrastructure issues
    • Leasing, property management, and commercial issues
    • Public education
  • The committee shall consist of the Chair and Vice Chair of the ABoR TREPAC Committee (2).  
  • 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).  
  • A vacancy on the Legislative Management Team may be filled by the Board of Directors.   

Purpose: The Committee shall serve as the front line of advocacy volunteerism on behalf of ABoR. The committee shall make policy, candidate and issue recommendations as requested by the Board of Directors, aligned with ABoR’s public policy agenda and NAR’s Preamble Code of Ethics which include the tenets of:

  • Highest and best use of the land
  • Widest distribution of land ownership
  • Crete adequate housing
  • Build functional cities
  • Develop productive industries and farms
  • Preservation of a healthful environment

Directives:

  • Become knowledgeable of local, regional, state and national public policy issues impacting our industry, property owners and ABoR. 
  • Comply with the applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding political activities of associations with a 501(c)6 designation. 
  • Make annual recommendations on updates to the Public Policy Agenda in the areas of property rights, housing, taxes and wages, land use and permitting, water, governance, transportation, public safety, public education, and energy. 
  • Inform the Board of Directors of hot topics impacting our industry, membership, and homeowners. 
  • Report monthly on the public policy priorities outlined in the Public Policy Agenda. 
  • Members will maintain a high level knowledge of PAC fundraising guidelines. 
  • All LMT members should be TREPAC investors during the current TREPAC year at the $45 Fair Share level or higher. 
  • Encourage all Committee members to participate in leadership development. 

COMMITTEE POLICY AND PROCEDURE

  1. The Board of Directors will identify a process to complete an annual review of Committee/Task Force charters by the November board meeting. 
  2. Only active Association REALTOR® members may serve on Standing Committees.   
  3. Committee/Task Force members shall abide by and may receive copies of the following: 
    • The Association's Bylaws;
    • The Association's Governing Policies;
    • Committee/Task Force charter; and
    • Volunteer Commitment Agreement
  4. Committee/Task Force members who do not abide by the Association’s Bylaws, the Governing Policies and the Volunteer Commitment Agreement are subject to censure or removal at the direction of the Board of Directors in Executive Session by majority vote for any reason. 
  5. The President is an ex-officio member of all Committees pursuant to the Association’s Bylaws, with the exception of the Vetting Committee. 
  6. Chairs, vice-chairs and members of Committees/Task Forces may not use their positions to market or promote their services, expertise or product to members. 
  7. If a vacancy shall occur, the Board of Directors may make the appointments by majority vote. 
  8. A Committee chair may serve as past chair the following year for consistency, with Board of Director approval. 
  9. Task Forces may continue into subsequent years but the leadership for that Task Force (i.e. chair) may shift (vice chair would become chair).  However, should a vice chair not desire the position, such position will be recommended by the Board of Directors. 
  10. The chair shall drop a Committee/Task Force member after three absences from regularly scheduled meetings.  This provision may be waived by vote of at least three-fourths of the other members of the Committee. 

STAFF LIAISON EXPECTATION

The CEO may assign staff support for each Committee/Task Force to assist with preparing and disseminating notices and correspondence, and preparing reports of the meetings. Staff may also provide professional recommendation and analysis as needed. 

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

  1. All Committees/Task Forces meet as needed. 
  2. Committee/Task Force meetings may be called by the chairperson, any two Committee members, or by a formal motion of the Board of Directors.  
  3. Committee/Task Force meetings shall be scheduled through the Association office and during normal business hours. 
  4. Meeting notices shall be sent out by the Association staff at least one week prior to the meeting.  All Committee/Task Force chairs and members shall have electronic mail capacity in order to receive notices and other information.  
  5. Committee/Task Force meetings shall be closed when considering proprietary matters, including competitive bids or competitive responses to requests for services from vendors, when the Committee is considering matters that the Association is required to keep confidential by the terms of confidentiality provisions with third parties, and when a closed meeting is required by other provisions of these Governing Policies or required or authorized by the Board of Directors. Minutes or reports from closed meetings will be presented to the Board of Directors during Executive Session. 
  6. Committees/Task Forces should report to the Board of Directors the status of accomplishments of the Board goals as outlined in their Charter. 
  7. After each Committee/Task Force meeting, the Association should cause Committee reports in the form of minutes to be prepared by Association staff to include recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration, a record of the actions taken at the meeting, and any other annotations consistent with Association practices. Minutes are reviewed by the Committee/Task Force chair or counsel, if appropriate, before Committee approval.   
  8. Each Committee/Task Force member voting for or against an action at a meeting has a right to have his or her support or dissent, along with rationale, reflected in the report of the meeting. 
  9. All Committee/Task Force members are asked to comment promptly, in writing, on any minutes circulated in the event that there appears to be any error, omission, or item in need of revision. A nonresponse is deemed as approval of the Committee report. 

QUORUM

  1. A quorum for all Committees/Task Forces is a majority of the total number of Committee members. 
  2. A Committee/Task Force cannot conduct business without a quorum of Committee members present.

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. 
 

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