CAI Legislative Action Committees (LACs) work to monitor state legislation, educate lawmakers, and protect the interests of those living and working in community associations. Each committee is comprised of homeowner leaders, community managers, and representatives from community association business partners who graciously volunteer their time.
With most state legislature’s Capitol buildings fully reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic, CAI’s legislative action committees are hosting Lobby and Fly-In Days with their state legislators. Here’s a roundup of recent activities.
CAI’s Florida Legislative Alliance (FLA) members and CAI Florida advocates met with dozens of Florida state legislators on Jan. 25-26 in Tallahassee to discuss condominium safety, insurance relief, and warranty protections for new developments. They also covered protecting the integrity of estoppels and resale disclosure documents. Formed in 1987, this diverse group of homeowner leaders, community managers, and community association business partners provides perspective on how proposed legislation could impact the 9.6 million Floridians living and working in community associations.
On Feb. 22, CAI Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC) members and advocates convened in Springfield, Ill., for ILAC Lobby Day, advocating on behalf of the 3.8 million Illinoisans living in community associations. Over the course of the visit, ILAC was able to participate in meetings with eight state legislators, as well as the Illinois secretary of state, to advocate for better public policy on behalf of the community association housing model. Discussions largely focused on environmental sustainability policy issues in Illinois. CAI supports efforts by state legislatures to empower community associations to build consensus-based solutions regarding environmental initiatives and opposes government and interest group efforts to override community policy or deed restrictions on single-interest issues. ILAC has since scheduled several follow-up meetings to continue positive conversations with lawmakers.
On Feb. 28, CAI Michigan Legislative Action Committee (MI-LAC) members and advocates met in Lansing for MILAC Legislative Advocacy Day to advocate on behalf of the 1.4 million Michiganders living in community associations throughout the state. Meeting with almost 20 state legislators and their staffs, MI-LAC spent the day advocating for stronger reserve study and funding regulations and policy within the state, as well as improvements to the Michigan Marketable Record Title Act.
On March 1, more than 200 CAI Texas Legislative Action Committee (TLAC) members and state advocates met in Austin for TLAC Rally Day to advocate on behalf of the more than 6 million homeowners living in 49,500 community associations in the state of Texas. Meeting with more than 45 state legislators and their staffs, members spent the day advocating to advance, defend, protect, and strengthen public policy for the community association housing model for homeowners in Texas. TLAC’s core values include preserving an association’s ability to self-govern, protecting homeowner assets, and maintaining consistent government regulations.
Thank you to each and every CAI volunteer member who took the time to participate in these important conversations with their state legislators. CAI’s advocacy efforts would not achieve success across the country without these individuals’ time and dedication.
As 2023 state legislative sessions continue, several other CAI LACs will be advocating on behalf of community associations within their state capitols. State LACs conduct fundraisers like the Dollar-a-Door-or-More campaign to increase advocacy efforts. Individual and corporate donations are allowed and greatly appreciated. Donate or learn more about your CAI state LAC here.
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