An Express Article from the California Land Title Association
Bulletin 13/14-31 - October 2, 2013
The CLTA/ALTA Title Action Network membership drive has been a fantastic success so far! As we enter the final week of the TAN membership drive, we ask those of you who are still considering signing up to read more about the program here, or if you’re already interested and haven’t gotten around to it, to sign up for the program using the sign-up form here! And for those who have already signed up, please accept our sincerest thanks for taking the time to join this important title industry grassroots organization!
Further information on the program, in a message from CLTA President David Windle (as originally distributed in a CLTA News Express on August 7, 2013), is included below:
As President of the CLTA, I am excited to announce that the CLTA Board of Governors has agreed to have the California Land Title Association endorse the ALTA's "Title Action Network" (TAN) within California to improve the title industry's grassroots efforts in Washington D.C. and the California Legislature. California's endorsement of and addition to the TAN program is a winner for both CLTA and ALTA.
What is the TAN program and why is this important?
The TAN program is an automated system that allows California title company employees to voluntarily join the TAN program and receive email updates on Congressional, Legislative, and Regulatory agency activities that affect the title industry. In addition, every employee who joins TAN is able to write emails, letters, or generate phone calls to speak on important title issues when notified of pending issues by CLTA or ALTA.
The CLTA has had great success over the years with an informal grassroots effort on legislation. However, we've often had to generate those grass roots efforts from scratch. The use of the TAN program means that we will have this grassroots system already in place when we need to "marshal our forces” to support or oppose legislation or regulatory actions. In addition, since California has the largest Congressional delegation in the nation, ALTA would love to have our help in affecting policymaking at the federal level.
Lastly, the TAN system allows for a constant sharing of information about title industry efforts at both a state and federal level so that title company employees participating in TAN are constantly being updated as to what important issues face the industry in California and Washington D.C.
Will CLTA be working closely with ALTA regarding how the TAN program works in this state?
Yes. The EVP of CLTA, Craig Page, and our CLTA Board leadership will be monitoring the ALTA information and requests for California industry involvement on Congressional and Regulatory issues. This is to ensure that the ALTA position and request for California title company employee involvement makes sense for the industry in California and is in step with the CLTA leadership and board positions on issues. In addition, the CLTA leadership and staff are working closely with ALTA on an ongoing basis to ensure that California's interests are being protected.
Finally, the CLTA will be using the TAN program to get out information specific to the California Legislature as well.
How do I sign up and is it free?
Yes, participation in the program is completely free. We’ve included a link to a form HERE that allows a title company employee to individually sign up to participate in the TAN program. It takes a few minutes to fill out the form and then you are good to go.
How can I help CLTA and ALTA's efforts with politicians or regulators I know personally?
Many of you know elected officials serving in Congress, the State Legislature, and at the local level in your city council or with the Board of Supervisors. Others of you may know people who work as regulators with the Department of Insurance in California or with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at the federal level. Finally, others of you may know people who work on the staff at any one of these levels.
You may have made contacts through your church or synagogue, children's soccer teams, local charities, or volunteer work for a local group or through mutual friends and family connections. These contacts --personal contacts-- are invaluable to CLTA and ALTA because it gives you the ability to potentially reach the regulator or politician directly and share your point of view regarding an issue important to all of us. Never underestimate your value to our efforts! Politicians are pigeon-holed and contacted by many people on many different issues and they welcome hearing from someone they know and trust. Your help, if you are willing to provide it, could be invaluable to our efforts.
CLTA and ALTA will be following up shortly with surveys and questionnaires asking you for the personal contacts you may have that you are willing to share.
California Land Title Association