Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

2017 Legislative Priorities


BOMA International advocates on behalf of the commercial real estate industry on Capitol Hill, in states across the country and in federal agencies.  BOMA furthers the industry’s legislative and regulatory agendas by actively working with lawmakers and government officials to advance issues most important to its members, including the three listed below:​

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Tax Reform

Our current tax system is cumbersome and in desperate need of updating. Current depreciation models do not accurately reflect the market reality for commercial building owners. In order to advance our industry and our economy, the tax code must be simplified and aligned with actual commercial asset and lease longevity.

ADA Lawsuit Reform

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law in 1990, greatly increased the protection and advancement of the rights of Americans with disabilities. Because of this landmark law, accessibility has dramatically improved in buildings around the country over the past three decades. Unfortunately, some attorneys are undermining the spirit of the ADA by subverting the intent of the law to make a profit without improving accessibility. These attorneys file lawsuits over technical, easily correctable accessibility violations and pressure business owners into paying large settlements consisting principally of attorney’s fees. They are more interested in quick financial settlements than removing any ADA barriers.

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Energy use in commercial buildings is one of the largest controllable operating costs for property owners and managers. Our members have a vested interest in reducing their energy use to save money for tenants and owners. In recent years, Congress has introduced several proposals that would combine the business model of energy efficiency with the social and environmental need for our nation to reduce electricity production, all while still serving the our domestic energy needs.


Reach out to a BOMA International staff member below:

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John Bryant

Vice President of Advocacy, Codes and Standards
John Bryant is responsible for leading BOMA’s advocacy team on and off Capitol Hill. His primary issue area is energy and environment.

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Emily Naden, LEED GA

Director of Federal Affairs
Emily Naden represents BOMA members on tax and finance issues in front of Congress and the federal agencies.