CAI Welcomes Bar Association Support for HB 1688

Dec 2, 2013

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates, meeting in Harrisburg on November 22,  approved a Report and Recommendation in support of HB 1688 (or similar legislation), which would require Pennsylvania counties to compile and report to the state data on community associations within their borders.

CAI PA Legislative Action Committee Delegate Marshal Granor, Esq., brought the bill to the Real Property, Probate and Trust (RPPT) Law Section of the Bar, where he serves as Secretary.  To take formal action on legislation, the Bar Association requires a committee or section to do research and prepare a position paper on the legislation.  Delegate Granor prepared a position paper, assisted by fellow Bar members Arnie Kogan, Esq. and Lou Kodumal, Esq. The RPPT Section approved the report unanimously.

The Bar's 421 member House of Delegates meets for action only twice a year, in November and May.  Granor introduced the RPPT Section Report and Recommendation and asked for the Bar Association's support. The vote in favor of supporting HB 1688 was unanimous.

“The backing of the PA Bar is significant, and welcomed, and will provide critical assistance as we try to move this Bill forward,” said Granor.

House Bill 1688, the Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act, was introduced on September 17, 2013 by Representative Mario Scavello (R-176). The Bill would require County Governments within the Commonwealth to collect, maintain, and make available upon request, information identifying Condominium Associations, Cooperative Housing Developments, and Planned Communities located within the boundaries of the county. This data collection would accomplish the following objectives: Aid the state in assessing the impact, including fiscal, of legislation specific to Common Interest Ownership Communities; and, assist community associations, their managers, elected volunteer board members and all Pennsylvanians living in a CIOC in delivering essential services, maintaining their infrastructure, and complying with applicable statutes governing their community. Similar legislation was recently adopted, and signed into law, in the state of Florida.


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