Joseph "Joe" L. Smith, Jr.
Joe Smith, Partner with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LL, 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.
The Latest from BOMA & Our Advocacy Team
Indiana Bills We're Tracking
Bills have been released for the 2022 special session. These bills and supporting documents are posted, searchable and trackable on IndianaNet. Additional House bill(s) are anticipated and will be added to IndianaNet as soon as they become available. Linked below are documents from House and Senate leaders outlining their planned schedules for the special session.https://www.hannah-in.com/ShowDocument.aspx?PressReleaseID=1047
2022 National Bills We're Tracking
Understanding & Enforcing Force Majeure Clauses
Proposal 291 Compromise
Read our Letter to Mayor Hogsett
As our tenants returned to the office, we led 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:
Indiana Energy Code Letter
BOMA Indiana serves all counties in the state. In considering it positions, BOMA Indiana is aware that not all of its members may necessarily hold the same opinion on specific legislation. Likewise, BOMA Indiana recognizes that while a proposed bill may on its surface appear to be something that BOMA Indiana should take a position based on our policy, there is often more to the legislation than can be garnered on first read. Therefore, BOMA Indiana 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 Indiana 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.
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC) DONATIONS
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