State Roundup: Utah, Kansas, and Nevada

January 1, 2005

Utah: Fee stopper

The Utah Association of REALTORS® is launching a preventive strike to curb efforts by Utah cities to levy a business license fee on individual practitioners. “We’re [drafting] state legislation that will preempt the cities’ abilities to do this,” says association CEO Christopher Kyler. Several cash-strapped local governments have attempted to charge the fee, which would hit the pocketbooks of people such as attorneys, accountants, and real estate practitioners. The preemptive legislation would clarify that cities may charge a business license fee to brokers, but not to individual real estate salespeople. Supporters hope to see the legislation introduced early in 2005.

Kansas: Wind farms cause stir

Proposals to put wind farms—groupings of giant windmill-like structures that generate electricity—in the Flint Hills area of south central Kansas have stirred up a controversy about property rights. Some landowners want the right to lease their land to energy companies that hope to erect multiple wind turbines. Other landowners don’t want the turbines to obstruct views of the landscape. Environmentalists—usually advocates for clean energy sources—worry about how the turbines will impact the prairie. A state task force suggests prohibiting wind farms in Flint Hills but permitting them in other areas of the state. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to act on the task force findings by the end of the year. The Kansas Association of REALTORS® has taken no position on the issue, but is tracking it, says Bill Yanek, director of governmental relations.

Nevada: More school

The Nevada Real Estate Commission upped education requirements for the state’s real estate licensees. Among the changes: Salespeople will be required to complete 30 hours of classes within one year of receiving a license, up from 24 hours within two years. The new requirements go into effect in January 2006. Practitioners are pleased with their input into the changes, says Keith Kelley, ABR®, CRS®, 2004 president of the Nevada Association of REALTORS®. The changes are in final legislative review.

Jane Adler is a Chicago-based freelancer writer.

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