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Article by Sarah Crawford, LAC Chair and Director of Client Services at Morris Sperry Law.
The Legislative Action Committee is back in action and gearing up for the 2017 Legislative Session.
Members of the LAC journeyed to Fillmore on May 18th for the Annual Planning Retreat. The Fillmore location is a tradition as it allows Northern and Southern Utah members the opportunity to meet face-to-face without having to travel a great distance in one day.
Our morning was dedicated to membership review, subcommittee appointments, fundraising goals, event planning, and public and legislative relations. We will again be distributing legislator welcome packets and plan to do so in late November or early December. Please contact Mindy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have legislative contacts and are interested in assisting us with hand delivering packets.
The afternoon was spent on legislative analysis and drafting. The Committee discussed a variety of topics, among them were:
● Solar Access (2016 HB451)
● Condominium and Community Ownership Amendments (2016 HB255)
● Community Association Act Amendments (2016 HB273)
● “Fix-it” bill to unify the two acts (Condominium & Community Association)
Solar is a big topic this year. LAC hosted a chapter luncheon on May 19th to discuss solar installations in community associations. A panel of experts presented information on solar installations, legal concerns and answered general questions from attendees. As a follow-up to this luncheon, a survey was disbursed to gather feedback to help the LAC in drafting and/or fighting future legislation. With 200+ responses, we feel we have a much clearer picture of the position of members and the communities we represent. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Dates have been set for the following LAC events:
● Southern Utah Solar Panel Discussion – Thursday, November 3rd (tentative)
● 2017 Community Association Day – Friday, February 3rd at the Capitol
Keith Schoen, who has been with the LAC since 2010, is retiring. We want to thank Keith for his years of service to the Committee as well as his tireless efforts to make the Southern Utah Golf Tournament a huge success.
Find out about the LAC subcommittee in “New Session: A New Year of Exciting LAC Activity” by LAC Chair Sarah Crawford, from the 2015 4th quarter issue of UCCAI’s newsletter Community Living here.
During a recent conversation with a client, I was asked about the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and how I felt the committee was doing. In response, I outlined a little about the LAC. The organization consists of five unit owners living in community associations. Most are either current or past board members in their communities. There are five community association managers. These managers work exclusively with community associations. There are also five business partners. Four of these are lawyers specializing in HOA law. Their respective law firms are devoted to representing community associations and individuals living in these communities. I hold a CIRMS (Community Insurance Risk Management Specialist) designation. Additionally, we have a lobbyist and an executive director. A subcommittee is being formed which will comprise individuals who will review proposed legislation, particularly during the legislative session.
The second part of my client’s was how I felt the LAC was doing. My response was that “the proof is in the pudding.” The LAC has successfully opposed or altered adverse legislation and has worked with lawmakers to promote and pass favorable legislation. We also have maintained a strong rapport with the Utah State Legislature. Both the current Senate President (Wayne Niederhauser) and the Speaker of the House (Greg Hughes) have carried community association legislation drafted by the LAC. That was prior to their assuming their current leadership roles. Both continue to demonstrate a commitment to good HOA law.
My client responded that he did not consider all legislation affecting community associations passed over the past few years to be perfect. I told him that I believe most, if not all, members of the LAC share the same perspective. However, he must remember that nothing is easy when it comes to legislation. There will nearly always be those with a differing view. Diversity is not a bad thing. I added that it is not uncommon to have a wide range of views and opinions regarding any given topic among the LAC committee members. This can be attributed to the fact that our members are not appointed to the committee because of a particular set of harmonious values that match a predetermined profile, but rather because they have sustained active engagement in community associations and have a willingness and desire to serve.
My plea to him is the same I will leave with you: Be involved in your community. Involvement is a road with many intersecting throughways. The pathway starts with simply being a good neighbor. Serve and be a positive influence in your community.
LaMond Woods, CIRMS
SentryWest Insurance Services
Read about our new ULAC president and proposed legislation for the 2016 session in “New Leadership & A Full Legislative Plate for 2015-16” by LAC members LaMond Woods and Sarah Crawford, from the 2015 3rd quarter issue of UCCAI’s newsletter Community Living here.
Read about the LAC’s most recent activity in “Legal Reflections: Looking Back on Progress″ by LAC member LaMond Woods, from the 2015 2nd quarter legislative issue of UCCAI’s newsletter, Community Living, here.