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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.

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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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Post Legislative Update Webinar

Friday, April 24, 2015 posted by Mindy Knudsen 2:23 PM

You can view UCCAI’s Post Legislative Webinar to learn how new laws and changes made during the 2015 legislative session will impact your Utah community and the HOA industry from our Utah Legislative Action Committee panelists.

Webinar

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Governor Gary Herbert signed H.B. 304 into law. H.B. 304 contains important new homeowners association laws and condo laws that will help associations minimize damage from flooding and freezing pipes. In short, the bill now allows community associations to give notice the electric and gas companies, stating that the association wants notice before the utility shuts off either electrical or natural gas service. Upon receiving notice from the gas or electric company, the condominium association or HOA can take action to winterize the unit or pay the utilities so that the pipes don’t freeze. The LAC successfully introduced this bill in an effort to help with this destructive problem.

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The 2015 Utah legislative session ended Friday.New Utah laws on hundreds of topics including new HOA laws for 2015 all await the Governor’s signature. With the passage of 528 bills, the Governor has started the long process of signing bills. None of the new community association laws have been signed yet, but there is no reason to believe they would be subject to a veto. For now, community associations in Utah just wait and see to find out which new 2015 HOA laws the governor will sign. The governor has 20 days from the end of the session to veto or sign a bill. If he vetos the bill, it obviously does not become law. However, whether he signs the bill, or does not sign it but does not veto, it becomes law.

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