September 21, 2017
RE:WAVS Legislative Session Recap, Preview, and Membership Survey
Hello Fellow Subagents,
During the 2017 session, WAVS initially sought a fee increase bill that would raise title fees to $18.00 and non-title fees to $9.00. Although we found a House sponsor, it quickly became clear the bill did not have the support to move forward. The Board debated options such as continuing to push a bill we knew wouldn’t pass, asking for a smaller increase, and a new concept of collecting both a title and non-title fee on a transfer with license, as the Auditors do. Although this would not be a perfect solution for all transactions, it would affect an average of 35% of transactions and provide some much-needed relief. Throughout the session, we worked hard to build support for this bill. In the end, it was not unwillingness of individual legislators but the overall view of Democratic House and Republican Senate Leadership that prevented our bill from moving forward.