PA LAC is Your Watchdog in Harrisburg

Jan 30, 2013
The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) is your watchdog in Harrisburg and to be affective, we need your help.

With the help of our lobbyist, your PA-LAC works hard advocating for legislation that is beneficial to community associations and opposes legislation that may have an adverse impact on the interests of community associations.

In order for us to do this, we need to raise $51,000 in 2013 and we're asking for your help.  Why me you ask?  Well you are directly affected by proposed legislation, good and bad, because you either live, work, or have a client in a condominium or homeowner association.   Your donation is for the ‘common’ good, harmony, and peace we thrive to achieve for our community associations.

Approximately 80% of the $51,000 budget is allocated to our lobbyist, to assist with issues such as the following:

  • Condo Ombudsman:  CAI opposes a Bill introduced in 2012 to establish an Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman and provide for its powers and duties; which will also impose a residential unit fee to the Office of the Cooperative and Condominium
  • Tax Equalization:  CAI supports legislation to address the problem of residents of associations paying taxes for municipal services that are often not provided to them.
  • Association Records and Open Meetings:  CAI strongly agrees that the sharing of information and access to documentation with homeowners is essential; however, the use of recording devices during board meetings and the provisions regarding the application of fines for violations by board members, will have negative effects on the willingness of homeowners to serve on the board of directors within their communities.
  • Shaffer v. Zoning Hearing Board of Chanceford Township:  This Township objected to the creation of a planned community and conveyance of parcels among family members. CAI is advocating for legislation that will make it clear that the creation of condominium associations and planned communities out of existing land or facilities does not require municipal approval unless and until new structures or buildings are constructed within the association or planned community.
  • CAI seeks to improve the collection of community associations’ data in the Commonwealth.
Print out this information and the PA LAC Watchdog flyer, place it in your Board Packages, bring it to your community manager, or ask the powers at be, to donate a specific amount or a Buck-A-Door.  Tell them that the PA-LAC needs your support.

Click here to print the donation form.  Thank you!  

 


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