We wanted to give you a brief update on AB 71 (Chiu), a bill C.A.R. has been OPPOSING that eliminates the mortgage interest deduction on second homes. C.A.R. OPPOSES any attempt to limit or alter the mortgage interest deduction.
In advance of a possible floor vote in the Assembly, C.A.R. issued a series of Red Alerts, asking REALTORS® in targeted legislative districts to call their Assembly Member to urge them to vote “NO” on the bill. Others were asked to help spread the word on social media. And Key Contacts – our first-line volunteers who work day-in, day-out with legislators with whom them have a personal relationship – worked to educate the legislators and their staff about the MID and the need to preserve it.
In just two days, over 1,600 calls were placed, over 400 Tweets were posted using our hashtag #NoAB71, and countless others posted on Facebook. And, in many cases, Key Contacts were able to confirm their legislator’s opposition to the bill.
AB 71 has been eligible to be voted on by the entire Assembly since Wednesday and last night the Assembly adjourned until next week without taking action on the bill, presumably because the bill did not have the support necessary to pass it. This is thanks almost entirely to all of the REALTORS® — the only large political organization opposing AB 71 — who called their legislators and still more, including local association staff, who helped spread the word.
Because AB 71 has an “urgency” clause, it can still be voted on anytime before the end of session in early September. And we will be asking some of you to reinforce your legislator’s opposition to the bill by sending emails or posting to social media. Be looking for that Red Alert early next week.