Joseph "Joe" L. Smith, Jr.
Joe Smith, Partner with Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LL, now leads the BOMA Indiana and & Indianapolis advocacy team. Joe advises, drafts legislation and lobbies for laws that can improve life for businesses, families and individuals in the Indianapolis community and throughout the state of Indiana. He partners with clients to solve problems and advance goals in issues related to government, labor, employment and benefits, and certified business enterprises and supplier diversity. Joe also provides legal advice and direction to small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses.
The Latest from BOMA & Our Advocacy Team
Indiana Bills We're Tracking
Our latest report: BOMA Indiana Update as of March 4, 2022
2022 National Bills We're Tracking
Understanding & Enforcing Force Majeure Clauses
Proposal 291 Compromise
Read our Letter to Mayor Hogsett
As our tenants return to the office, now more than ever we are leading advocacy efforts to protect building owners who do all the right things to ensure their buildings are a safe place to live, work and play. Letters were sent to Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Senator Todd Young, Senator Mike Braun, President Pro Tempore Roderick Bray, and Speaker of the House Todd Huston.
Essential Personnel Letter
As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolved, BOMA Indianapolis sent a letter to Governor Holcomb to ensure essential personnel would still be allowed in buildings. See the letter:
BOMA Indianapolis serves Marion County and the surrounding counties of Madison, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Marion and Boone.In considering it positions, BOMA Indianapolis is aware that not all of its members may necessarily hold the same opinion on specific legislation. Likewise, BOMA Indianapolis recognizes that while a proposed bill may on its surface appear to be something that BOMA Indianapolis should take a position based on our policy, there is often more to the legislation than can be garnered on first read. Therefore, BOMA Indianapolis commits itself to the meticulous study of all proposed legislation, and to seek the advice of the Legislative Committee and hired lobbyist before declaring its position. BOMA Indianapolis promotes the practice of commercial real estate ownership and management. For this reason, while we may concentrate our efforts on legislation proposed by the Indiana General Assembly, we also consider the needs of our members at the local level. Check out a letter from our executive director to Governor Mike Pence regarding the Indiana Energy Code set to expire on December 31, 2016. Governor Pence did indeed sign the code extension.
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