Program Information, and Local Issues Trustee Roles and Responsibilities
To support or oppose proposals under consideration by local governmental bodies (including local ballot measures) which concern the preservation of real-property rights, real estate brokering, and the legal and economic rights of real estate consumers and practitioners.
Funding comes from the Texas REALTORS® Issues Political Action Committee (TRIP).
How the Program Works
Local associations submit applications to the Local Issues Committee for assistance with public-facing campaigns in support or opposition to local government actions or ballot measures. Support may be granted in the form of financial and strategic support.
Some associations may wish to accept grant funds and conduct the campaign themselves, while others receive funding and rely heavily on the state association for creative and strategic support.
Either approach can be effective, depending on the local association, the issue, and circumstances. Learn more about the program and see examples of past campaigns.
Committee Trustee Responsibilities
The Local Issues Fund is a fund established in the Texas REALTORS® Issues Political Action Committee (TRIP), and the Local Issues Committee members serve as Trustees of that PAC.
The Local Issues Committee is tasked with reviewing applications for local assistance; overseeing the Local Issues Fund; and expending those funds as deemed appropriate.
Committee Trustees may be called into a grant application review meeting on as short as 24-hours’ notice, as issues campaigns can arise quickly and necessitate immediate response. These virtual meetings can happen frequently or sparingly, depending on local political climates and urgency of policy issues.
Committee Structure and Appointments
- 20 – 25 Trustees including the committee officers, and at least one local association executive and one local government affairs director.
- One-third of the committee trustee seats are appointed annually, and members serve a three-year term.
- Appointments are made by the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Team, following an application and interview process.
Application and Nominations
If you are interested in serving on the Local Issues Committee, click here to learn more about Local Issues Trustees responsibilities, committee structure, member eligibility and necessary qualifications.
Eligible REALTOR® members and local association staff who are interested in applying for the Local Issues Committee must submit an application and be interviewed by the committee officers (or their designees). Following interviews, the committee officers will make appointment recommendations to the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Team.
The deadline to apply for the 2023 Local Issues Committee is Friday, July 1, 2022.