This Issues Briefing Paper is for Study only and has not been approved by the MLS Policy Committee, Executive Committee, or the Board of Directors.
At C.A.R.’s May 2012 business meetings, the MLS Policy Committee’s previous iteration – the MLS/Computer and Business Technology Committee – voted to separate the MLS law and policy portion from the business and technology portion and instead form 2 groups. As a result of reorganizing its committee structure, C.A.R. now has the “MLS Policy Committee” and the “Business Technology Forum.” In light of having removed “Computer and Business Technology” from its charge and transferred business technology issues into a separate forum, the Mission Statement of the MLS Policy Committee needs to be revised to reflect its new purview. Below is a proposed revised Mission Statement for the MLS Policy Committee’s consideration and approval. The changes are set forth in redline fashion as follows:
MLS Policy Committee - Description and Mission Statement The mission of the committee is to work to assure that REALTORS® remain the primary provider of information about real estate. To that end, the Committee: a) Promotes and adopts Model MLS Rules and policies that comply with legal requirements, and N.A.R. policy
and, where appropriate, reflect C.A.R. REALTOR® Member desired practice and use of technology, b) Facilitates the exchange of information between local Associations of REALTOR®-OWNED MLSs/Regionals and disseminates information regarding legal developments which impact the MLS. , c) Oversees the Association's role as a clearing house in researching, collecting, evaluating and disseminating new and emerging technology enabling REALTORS® to manage all information necessary to successfully complete a real estate transaction, d) Suggests policy regarding such information and interacts with local Association-owned MLSs/Regionals to promote such technology and information, e) Reviews products, acts as an information exchange and support mechanism to REALTOR® computer user groups throughout the state, assists in the development of computer courses given by C.A.R., and conducts practical demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with C.A.R. Directors Meetings. (January 19, 1995)(January 2013)
In light of the reorganization of C.A.R. Committee structure, having separated the former “MLS/Computer and Business Technology Committee” into the current “MLS Policy Committee” and the separate “Business Technology Forum”, the C.A.R. MLS Policy Committee’s Mission Statement is revised to reflect its new purview as set forth above.