Archive for January, 2011
Senator Wayne L. Niederhauser (R)
Senator Wayne Niederhauser greeted me graciously in his office at CW Management Corp. where he a principal. He has agreed to be the Senate sponsor of our Utah Common Interest Ownership Act (UCIOA).
Constituency: Senator Niederhauser represents District 9, which encompasses zip code 84092 and includes most of Sandy and part of Draper. His district is made up of mostly professionals with the highest income per capita in Utah. He won his seat in 2006 and is currently running for his second term and is thankful that the opposition has yet to emerge.
Personal: Sen. Niederhauser has been married to wife Mellissa for 28 years. They have five children ranging from early teens to mid twenties. Mellissa graduated from the School of Utah Fashion Merchandising and currently works for Granit School District. The senator grew up in Logan. He is an outdoorsman and enjoys biking, rafting back packing, kayaking, and back country skiing. His favorite sport is biking and the Tour de France his favorite spectator sport. He graduated from Utah State University and is a CPA.
Professional: CW Management is a real estate development and management company located in West Valley City, Utah.
His current committee assignments are as follows:
- Capital Facilities and Government Operations Subcommittee
- Executive Appropriations Committee
- Senate Business and Labor Committee
- Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee
- Business and Labor Interim Committee
- Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee
- Legislative Management Committee
- Occupational and professional Licensure Review Committee
- Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Confirmation Committee
- Senate Revenue and Taxation Confirmation Committee (Chair)
- Health System Reform Task Force (Co Chair)
Majority Whip: As whip his job is to get the party together to vote as a group – in other words to tow the party line and reach the objectives of the caucus. His job is to see the big picture, have good working relationships, take care as to what legislation is run, assist others prepare legislation and appease the body.
What Makes a Good Legislator? Senator Niederhauser believes it is the ability to go home at night with no personal grudges and to separate the issues from the people.
Legislative Highlight: The passage of the Financial Transparency Act – www.utah.gov. Citizens can see what the State is spending
Legislative Lowlight: Taking on bills as a freshman that, with more experience, would have not gone down in flames. Specifically, when we dine out in Utah we pay a 1% tax that goes, among other uses, to support the Visitors Bureau. He would have liked to see some of it go directly back to restaurants for an “Eat Out” campaign.
Homeowner Associations: Senator Niederhauser’s company CW Management has developed several communities with homeowner associations. They do not bring in a professional management company. He did not know the number of HOA’s in his district of the number of people who live in HOA’s he represents.
UCIOA: He thinks he is the right person in the senate to carry the bill because he understands HOA’s and is trusted by groups who may not favor passage. He is encouraged by what the Utah LAC has accomplished but warns that passage is not a slam dunk. He believes there is still education to be done and that our LAC can play a role in informing the Title Industry as well as League of Cities.
Address: 3182 E GRANITE WOODS LN
SANDY, UT 84092
Interviewed by Marla Mott-Smith
Friday, January 21 at 11:30 AM in the Cafeteria of the Utah State Capitol, the Utah Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (UCCAI) will present a program on the proposed UCIOA bill. This bill will update and integrate law for all common interest subdivisions in Utah. It will affect the estimated 350,000 Utah residents who live in approximately 3,500 associations. Other community association legislation and issues will be discussed.
Invited panel: Senator Michael Waddoups, President Utah State Senate; Senator Wayne Niederhauser, Senate Majority Whip and UCIOA sponsor, Representative Greg Froerer, House sponsor of UCIOA; Andrew Fortin, Esq., National VP Government and Public Relations, Community Associations Institute (CAI); Bruce Jenkins, Esq., Vice President CAI Utah Legislative Action Committee and lead drafter of UCIOA. John Morris, Esq., McKay & Burton, and Chair of CAI Utah Legislative Action Committee will moderate.
Attendees are encouraged to join a grass roots campaign by making an appointment to visit their legislators after the program to discuss UCIOA and other community association issues.
CAI is a national nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent America’s over 231,000 residential condominium, cooperatives and homeowner associations and related professionals and service providers. The Institute is dedicated to fostering vibrant, responsive, competent community associations that promote harmony, community and responsible leadership.
For more information on this important program and on the Utah Chapter of CAI, contact Dennis Harris, Executive Director, at (801) 595-5977, or email him at email@example.com. Cost of the program and lunch is $25 for members and $45 for non-members.
Registrations can be made via the Chapter’s website at http://uccai.com/eform_detail.asp?id=32&name=January+2011+HOA+Leadership+Luncheon