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ADVOCACY

Welcome Joseph "Joe" L. Smith, Jr.


Joe Smith, Partner with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LL, now leads the BOMA Indiana and & Indianapolis advocacy team.  Joe advises, drafts legislation and lobbies for laws that can improve life for businesses, families and individuals in the Indianapolis community and throughout the state of Indiana. He partners with clients to solve problems and advance goals in issues related to government, labor, employment and benefits, and certified business enterprises and supplier diversity. Joe also provides legal advice and direction to small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.



Your Advocacy Team


Tristan Glover

Adam Chavers

C. Perry Griffith, III

The Latest from BOMA & Our Advocacy Team

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Indiana Bills We're Tracking

Our latest report:  BOMA legislative update_041221.pdf

Building Codes: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/MOYe2/public

Marijuana: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/MVYpk/public

Property Taxes: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2KYPM/public

Sustainability: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2JYrq/public

Signage: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2Ydyq/public

National Bills We're Tracking

Restoring Investment in Improvements Act:  H.R. 1869

Making Commercial Buildings Energy - Efficiency Tax Deduction Permanent:  179D

Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019:  H.R.3962

Local Indianapolis Benchmarking Ordinance

Final Benchmarking Ordinance Draft - Comments can be may by May 24, 2021 to Sarah@BOMAIndy.org

BOMA Indianapolis Response to Draft

Understanding and Enforcing Force Majeure Clauses

Faegre Drinker Provides Insight

Proposal 291 Compromise

Read our Letter to Mayor Hogsett

Protections Letter 

As our tenants return to the office, now more than ever we are leading advocacy efforts to protect building owners who do all the right things to ensure their buildings are a safe place to live, work and play.  Letters were sent to Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Senator Todd Young, Senator Mike Braun, President Pro Tempore Roderick Bray, and Speaker of the House Todd Huston. 


Essential Personnel Letter

As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolved, BOMA Indianapolis sent a letter to Governor Holcomb to ensure essential personnel would still be allowed in buildings.  See the letter:

LEGISLATIVE POLICY

BOMA Indianapolis serves Marion County and the surrounding counties of Madison, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Marion and Boone.

In considering it positions, BOMA Indianapolis is aware that not all of its members may necessarily hold the same opinion on specific legislation.  Likewise, BOMA Indianapolis recognizes that while a proposed bill may on its surface appear to be something that BOMA Indianapolis should take a position based on our policy, there is often more to the legislation than can be garnered on first read.  Therefore, BOMA Indianapolis commits itself to the meticulous study of all proposed legislation, and to seek the advice of the Legislative Committee and hired lobbyist before declaring its position.  BOMA Indianapolis promotes the practice of commercial real estate ownership and management.  For this reason, while we may concentrate our efforts on legislation proposed by the Indiana General Assembly, we also consider the needs of our members at the local level.  Check out a letter from our executive director to Governor Mike Pence regarding the Indiana Energy Code set to expire on December 31, 2016.  Governor Pence did indeed sign the code extension.


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SUPPORT 

BOMA Indianapolis supports legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Any legislation that supports the mission and vision of BOMA Indianapolis
  • State legislation that promotes economic and workforce development
  • State legislation that promotes the funding and enhancing of Indiana’s transportation network and infrastructure, including (but not limited to) highways, rail, air, and waterways
  • Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Incentives
  • Local Laws that mirror those supported by BOMA International


OPPOSE

BOMA Indianapolis opposes legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Legislation that increases the property tax burden on property zoned or designated for commercial, industrial, or medical use; property from which the owner derives income; and on businesses in general
  • Legislation (state or local) that increases the regulatory burden on businesses or on commercial, industrial, or medical office property
  • Local zoning or development ordinances that discourage the development of property for commercial, industrial or medical office purposes, if said purposes are the highest and best use of the property
  • Legislation that encourages retro active tax policies
  • Legislation that allows for taxes on services
  • Local Laws that mirror those opposed by BOMA International


NEUTRAL

  • BOMA Indianapolis takes a neutral position on any legislation that does not directly or indirectly affect commercial real estate.


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