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How Is the LAC Doing?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 posted by Mindy Knudsen 5:38 PM

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

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Utah LAC Recap of 2009 Legislative Activities

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 posted by admin 5:42 PM

UCIOA:     We were unable to complete a revised draft of UCIOA, after modifications by the Legislative drafters, in time for the session. The Utah LAC’s lobbying efforts on behalf of UCIOA increased visibility and credibility with key members of the Legislature.

Foreclosure – HB 10: This was basically the same bill as HB 400 in the 2008 session. The Utah LAC worked diligently to encourage the bills sponsor to look at alternatives. The bill died in the House without the Utah LAC’s support.

Rental Restrictions on Condominiums and Common Interest Communities -HB 243: An association may restrict and completely ban the non-owner occupancy of units, subject to the initial declaration or a properly amended declaration. Restrictions on non-owner occupancy added after the association is formed by less than a unanimous consent of the owners, must be in the Declaration and must have certain exceptions required by the statute.

Committee members were instrumental in forming an alliance with the bills sponsor and the banking industry both to modify the legislation and to add a provision regarding amendments to documents requiring mortgage approval. The new provision provides that approval is deemed granted if mortgagees do not respond in a set time period.

The bill passed and was signed into law with the support of the Utah LAC.

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2009-2010 Annual Reorganization

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 posted by admin 2:50 PM

At our August 20 meeting, the following were elected to serve as leaders, effective September 1.

Chair – John Morris, Esq. McKay Burton & Thurman
Vice Chair – Bruce Jenkins, Esq., Jenkins, Ronnow, Jensen & Bayles
Secretary – Michael Miller, Esq., Vial Fotheringham
Treasurer – Michael Johnson, CEO FCS Community Management
Funding Chair – Marla Mott-Smith Bowers, Terrace Falls HOA
Funding Vice Chair – Jerry Jensen, CEO Community Association Management
Chair Legislative Analysis & Drafting – Bruce Jenkins, Esq., Jenkins, Ronnow, Jensen & Bayles
Vice Chair Legislative Analysis & Drafting – John Morris, Esq. McKay Burton & Thurman
Chair Public and Legislative Relations – Sabine Liedel, Regional Director Community Archives
Vice Chair Public and legislative Relations – David Houston, Community Manager Coral Canyon

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LAC Leadership – Present and Future

Friday, August 21, 2009 posted by admin 2:24 PM

Marla Mott-Smith will be passing on the LAC chairmanship as of September 1. Marla says, “The honor of serving as chair for over two years and working with a very effective committee, all of whom have contributed uniquely, has been a rewarding experience. I want to thank and acknowledge each of the committee.”

David Houston, Vice Chair; Michael Miller, Secretary; Michael Johnson, Treasurer; Bruce Jenkins, chief UCIOA drafter; committee members Dale Cromar, LuAnn Gowans, Sabine Liedel, John Morris, Jerry Jensen,  and Derek Tarries.

My thanks also to those not on the committee (Friends of LAC) who have contributed time and financial support to see that those who reside in common interest communities and those who service them are represented in our legislature. Our Utah Chapter has stepped up to the plate with financial support. When you renew your CAI membership, you contribute Advocacy Fees which support the Utah LAC and LACs throughout the nation.

At our August 20 meeting, LAC honored Rolf Berger, founding chair of the Utah LAC, for taking the initiative in getting us started and beginning the UCIOA process.

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