Communities Donate to Support PA Legislative Action Committee

Sep 5, 2013
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has a central goal – advancing the interests of community associations and their residents in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Until recently, the LAC’s work in Harrisburg was mostly from a defensive posture – fending off Bills that were not in the best interests of community associations and those who call them home. This work included authoring amendments to improve certain Bills or lobbying for the defeat of other Bills.  In 2012, we prevented  passage of a Bill which would have created a new state agency with the authority to send lawyers to monitor association meetings, among other powers. The agency would be funded by a per unit fee levied on every association in the state. The Bill did not become law.

In June, 2013, we were able to stop a Bill that was being fast-tracked through the legislature and which would have inadvertently extended the period of declarant control in community associations from 7 to 10 years. Our amendment to the Bill successfully avoided this potential error.

Things have changed recently, and the PA LAC is now on offense, advancing proposals that will provide workable solutions to issues facing Pennsylvania’s community associations. This includes an effort to propose legislation to address the fact that some community associations pay twice for various municipal services – once in the form of property taxes and again in the form of association assessments for things like refuse removal, road maintenance and other services not provided to community associations by municipal governments.

How did the PA LAC move from years of playing defense to a position of strength that now allows us to go on offense on issues important to community associations? Years of hard work by LAC delegates as well as representation by a professional government services representative have made this possible. It does, however, come at a cost. PA LAC must raise over $50,000 to fund our efforts on your behalf in Harrisburg. The LAC would like to thank the following community associations, from across Pennsylvania, for their contributions to the LAC since June 1, 2013.
  • Huntingdon Place, Langhorne, PA
  • Lake Latonka Property Owners Association, Mercer, PA
  • Brandywine at Thornbury, Chadds Ford, PA
  • Woodridge Condo Association, Moon Township, PA
  • Staunton Heights HOA, Moon Township, PA
  • Eagle Community Association, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Village at Upstream Farms, Easton, PA
  • River Bend Condominium Association, Lancaster, PA
  • Summit House Condominium, West Chester, PA
  • Highlands of Glenmoor, Easton, PA
  • Hopkinson House Owners' Association, Philadelphia,PA
  • Hemlock Farms Community Association, Lords Valley, PA
  • Jefferson Village, Chadds Ford, PA
  • Blue Bell Country Club Community Association, Blue Bell PA
  • Belmont Community Association, Garnet Valley, PA

Please visit our legislative page if your community would like to support the Legislative Action Committee.

 


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