CAI LAC’s work tirelessly to monitor state legislation, educate lawmakers, and protect the interests of those living and working in community associations. Each committee is comprised of volunteer homeowner leaders, community managers, and representatives from community association business partners. Our LAC’s meet with legislators and staff in their respective state capitols advocating for the community association housing model. The hours our volunteer members commit to our industry each year are crucial to the stability and proper governance of community associations.
Below is an excerpt of a legislative alert about how the Pennsylvania LAC amended a bill to protected community associations with private roads while meeting with their state elected officials in Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors is supporting legislation which would amend the Private Road Act. House Bill 523 was introduced in earlier this year and a drafting error would have caused havoc for homeowners and their community associations with private roads. Were it not for the active work of members of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee at the State Capitol on Monday, September 23, 2019, the Bill may have passed without an amendment fixing the language to exempt community associations from this Bill.
The legislation was introduced because of difficulty completing some property sales involving homes along private roads where private agreements for maintenance of the roadway do not exist. Unfortunately, in the drafting process, community associations were accidentally included in the legislation, when they were intended to be excluded. With only one day before a crucial committee vote, PA LAC delegates, who were attending previously scheduled meetings in Harrisburg to advocate for Senate Bill 802 and the transparency of data on community associations, were able to confer with legislative committee staff and organize a quick meeting with representatives of the Realtors association to draft language specifically excluding common interest ownership communities, as defined in PA Title 68, from the provisions of House Bill 523. Without this amendment, the funding and maintenance of private roads within a community association in Pennsylvania would have been turned upside down.
For the full article, visit the CAI Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapters website.