The Trump administration has continued the efforts started by the Obama administration by urging states to take up occupational licensing reform. The 2019 legislative sessions saw momentum building in several states. Experts believe occupational licensing laws are inhibiting economic opportunity and hurting consumers. A recent analysis by the Institute for Justice suggests licensing costs the U.S. economy between 1.8 and 1.9 million jobs and between $183.9 and $197.3 billion each year in misallocated resources and lost output. Only seven states had licensing of the community association management profession on the 2019 legislative agenda.
In response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), CAI submitted comments to the Commission on 5G infrastructure deployment and its impact on community associations. The reason for the rulemaking is due to a request by the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association to the FCC asking the Commission to update the OTARD (Over the Air Reception Device) rule to apply to “all wireless transmitters and receivers, regardless of whether the equipment is sued for reception, transmission or both, so long as the equipment meets existing size restrictions for customer-end equipment.”
The CAI Board of Trustees approved two new public policies at the CAI Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando: one on sustainable landscape practices and another on fair debt collections.
As a community association board member and community manager, it is important you know restrictions that may apply to your community related to playing music and movies before you are held liable in a court of law. A basic understanding of copyright law may help community associations assess their potential liability and develop appropriate compliance strategies and best practices.