and NAR’s VP for Commercial Real Estate Jan Hope, and
Representative Short gave the parties one last chance to find common ground. In a two and a half hour period, four local attorneys
speaking for the State Bar raised objections. All of those objections
were met and resolved by the Delaware team and their NAR/SIOR
specialists, but no accord was reached. It was obvious that the State
Bar objections were more than mechanical, they were philosophical. Representative Short decided to “move the bill” anyway. In
his Economic Development Committee hearing held on March 20,
2013 on HB 29, Davisson, Hochman and Team were there and testified in support of the bill. The bar asked for more time to study the
However, Representative Short immediately called for a vote,
the bill “moved” out of the Economic Development Committee on
a vote of 10 - 0; and on to the House Floor. The Team was there
at Representative Short’s elbow, and the bill passed the House
unanimously ( 41 – 0) the next day. On to the Senate, and the Team
was there; and the bill “moved” from the Senate Small Business
Committee on March 27, 2013 to the Senate Floor, where it was
sponsored by Senator Robert L. Venables, Sr. Despite further “
questions” by yet another well meaning Attorney/Senator (answered
by Hochman), the bill passed unanimously again ( 20 – 0), on
March 28, 2013.
Governor Markell signed the bill on May 3, 2013 and Delaware
became the 30th Lien State (see photo).
Lessons learned? You bet!
1. Educational Sessions at conferences spread good ideas and
often lead to good things.
2. Friendships started at conferences always lead to good things.
3. SIOR support–and NAR support–make good things happen.
But the battles are won in the trenches. Pete Davisson was our
“boots on the ground,” and without his continued effort, local
knowledge, and persuasive manner, lien rights for brokers in
Delaware never would have happened.
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