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.”
Summer is almost here, and that means legislative recesses and state session adjournments. This is the perfect time for advocates like you to engage with your elected officials at all levels of government by inviting them to attend your community association events, your board meeting, or asking to meet with them at their district office to discuss priority issues for your community. We’re launching our annual Constituents in Your Communities campaign to help support your outreach efforts. Throughout 2019, we will share helpful tips and tricks to build and strengthen your relationships with your elected officials so they become knowledgeable and more supportive of the diverse issues that impact community associations.
Assistance animals are not pets. Federal, state, and local fair housing laws require that community associations accommodate residents who have a disability-related need for an assistance animal, including emotional support animals. Fraudulently claiming a pet as an assistance animal demeans fair housing rights, violates the rights of other community residents, and can lead to legal troubles.