Community Insider Summer 2017 - Page 12

CAI-SD LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Second Quarter 2017 Party By: Kenneth H. Dillingham, Jr. L egislative committees are busy as bees! Any bill introduced in 2017 with the goal of becoming law was heard in a policy committee in late April. Here’s an update on CAI bills as of early May: AB 731 (Chen) allows limited credits for assessments paid to homeowner associations. It was amended to address fiscal concerns of the Legislative Committee. The tax credit was lowered from the original $5,000 to $3,000, and again to $1,500, and the credit will only be available to those individuals with a gross tax income of $150,000 or less. Please register your support by sending a letter to Assembly Member Chen. AB 1412 (Choi) seeks qualified immunity for directors and officers in mixed-use developments. It was recently amended. This bill will be heard in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. The date of the hearing has not yet been set. Letters of support should be sent to Assembly Member Choi. AB 1426 (Irwin) authorizes a homeowners association to declare an election of directors “uncontested” when the number of candidates for election does not exceed the number of directors to be elected. This is 12 | SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY INSIDER | SUMMER 2017 July 20, 2017 6:00pm-9:00pm Hilton – Mission Bay 1775 East Mission Bay Drive San Diego, CA 92109 the reintroduction of AB 1799 (Mayes) from last year that failed to pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Those who know the value of this bill and what it would mean in savings to your Association are encouraged to contact Assembly Member Irwin’s office by phone, letter or email to express your support. We continue to seek amendments to SB 2, which will add $75 to every recorded document to raise money for affordable housing projects. We will oppose this bill until our amendments are accepted. SB 2 passed out of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on straight party line votes. It will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee. Further, CAI CL:AC is working to change SB 721 (Hill), last amended on April 27th, which as of May 8th would require associations to professionally inspect decks, balconies and walkways, record the results of that inspection, apply for a permit to fix any identified problems within 60 days, and complete the repair within 90 days of receiving a permit. Also, associations will need to re-inspect every 5 years. Currently there is no discussion about financing, and no exemptions if financing is unobtainable. This bill is opposed by other industry groups, and we may be reaching out to our membership for a “call to action” on this bill. Your engagement on these bills is always essential if we are to be successful. Please reach out to your Assembly Member and Senator today to let them know your position on these bills. WWW.CAI-SD.ORG Contact CAI-SD for more information: 858.836.1119 • CAi-SD.org