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SB 5263 Update – 2.24.15

The WSCAI LAC actively participated in the political process surrounding Senate Bill 5263, the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act. A public hearing was conducted in Olympia February 4th with testimony provided by the UCIOA drafting group, representatives of the building and banking industries, homeowners and the LAC co-chairs.

The process revealed great passion on a number of issues with clear identification of those surrounding warranties and lien priority as flash points. After vigorous debate and two amendments to the bill, it did not make it out of the committee hearing phase this session. The bill will carry over to the 2016 legislative session.

The prime sponsoring senator Jamie Pedersen, has pledged to work with stakeholder groups in 2015 to seek an acceptable balance of interests toward this bill becoming law.

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CAI’s Call-To-Action: Oppose Federal HAM Radio Standards for Community Associations

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In 2014, legislation requiring community associations to “reasonably accommodate” installation of HAM radio towers and antennas was cosponsored by 64 U.S. Representatives. While this legislation died at the end of the 113th Congress, the HAM radio lobby is back, aggressively pushing its pre-emption agenda in 2015.

Community Associations Institute asks that you please contact your legislator today, and voice your opposition to Federal HAM Radio Standards for Community Associations, to protect your client communities’ interest. Contact information can be found here: www.caionline.org/govt/advocacy/Pages/AdvocacyCenter.aspx

More background from CAI

The HAM radio lobby claims their legislation only requires that community associations “reasonably accommodate” their hobby.

This disguises the facts.

The Federal Communications Commission has historically interpreted “reasonable accommodation” to mean virtually no restrictions and no prior approval requirements. If a HAM radio “reasonable accommodation” standard becomes federal law, community associations will likely have little to no say on the installation of towers and large, fixed antennas used in HAM radio broadcasting.

The fact is many associations already accommodate HAM radio hobbyists. In a 2014 survey covering communities in 46 states, 64 percent of respondents confirmed their association’s board or architectural review committee had never denied a request to install a HAM radio antenna. An additional 27 percent could find no record of a denial. The survey also found that associations routinely provide space for HAM radio clubs so residents can pursue their radio hobby.

Federal pre-emption of community association architectural standards is a heavy-handed and unnecessary intrusion in community associations. Contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and tell them to oppose all legislation prohibiting association review or approval of HAM radio towers and large, fixed antennas.

How does the FCC view “reasonable”? See the following “reasonableness” guidance the Commission provides on installation of satellite dishes.(www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule)

Q&A

Q: What types of restrictions unreasonably delay or prevent viewers from using an antenna? Can an antenna user be required to obtain prior approval before installing his antenna?

A: A local restriction that prohibits all antennas would prevent viewers from receiving signals, and is prohibited by the Commission’s rule. Procedural requirements can also unreasonably delay installation, maintenance or use of an antenna covered by this rule. For example, local rules or regulations that require a person to obtain a permit or approval prior to installation create unreasonable delay and are generally prohibited. Permits or prior approval necessary to serve a legitimate written safety or historic preservation purpose may be permissible. Although a simple notification process (e.g. post installation) might be permissible, such a process cannot be used as a prior approval requirement and may not delay or increase the cost of installation. The burden is on the association to show that a notification process does not violate our rule.

Q: What is an unreasonable expense?

A: Any requirement to pay a fee to the local authority for a permit to be allowed to install an antenna would be unreasonable because such permits are generally prohibited. It may also be unreasonable for a local government, community association or landlord to require a viewer to incur additional costs associated with installation. Things to consider in determining the reasonableness of any costs imposed include: (1) the cost of the equipment and services, and (2) whether there are similar requirements for comparable objects, such as air conditioning units or trash receptacles. For example, restrictions cannot require that expensive landscaping screen relatively unobtrusive DBS antennas. A requirement to paint an antenna so that it blends into the background against which it is mounted might be acceptable, provided it will not interfere with reception or impose unreasonable costs.

[From: www.caionline.org/govt/advocacy/Pages/AdvocacyCenter.aspx, 2/2/2015]

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UCIOA

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The Washington State Legislative Action Committee for CAI (LAC) has announced that Senate Bill Senate Bill (SB) 5263 – the Washington State Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act – was filed on January 16, 2015, and referred to the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee. The sponsors are Senators Pedersen, Benton, Mullet, Fraser, Roach, Hobbs, Rivers, and Fain.

You can find a copy of the bill at: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5263&year=2015

The bill introduces a number of changes to how condominium and homeowner associations, cooperatives, and other types of common interest communities will operate.

By Brian P. McLean & Jim Talaga

LAC Co-chairs

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Volunteers needed for the Holiday Season!

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WSCAI’s Outreach Committee has two volunteer opportunities to serve those in need during this Holiday Season

On December 16th & 17th, the Committee is seeking volunteers to serve a meal at the Union Gospel Mission, 318 2nd Ave Extension South, Seattle, WA 98104. Volunteers will be involved in some meal preparation, serving of meals and clean-up after the meal. Volunteer time will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the date of your choice.

If you’re interested in volunteering on the December 16th, please contact Jordan Crump with McLeod Construction at jordan@mcleodconstruction.com. If December 17th works better for with your schedule, please contact Lisa Ford with Superior Cleaning & Restoration/COIT Services at lisa.ford@coit.com

Once you have received confirmation, you will be required to complete a brief volunteer form which can be located at Seattle Union Gospel Missions website and request to become a volunteer.

Giving back your time to serve those less fortunate is certainly part of the meaning of the Holiday Season.

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Washington State Chapter CAI Community Outreach

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WSCAI’s 3rd Annual Toys For Tots Drive 11.18.14

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Washington State Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) Chapter Luncheon had an amazing turn out for the Toys For Tots program in our community! The U.S. Marine Corps attended to collect the toys and to speak about the Toys For Tots Program.

Did you know?

In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys For Tots as an official activity of the U. S. Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve?  The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, is the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys For Tots Program.  The Foundation provides the funding and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.

During its lifespan, the Marine Toys For Tots Program distributed over 469 million toys to over 216 million less fortunate children.  It is wonderful to see our community be active in this program each year!

Chapter Luncheon Toys-for-Tots Drive

We want to thank WSCAI’s Outreach Committee for organizing, along with the Membership Committee, such a meaningful cause for children during the holiday season that is quickly approaching.

For more information on how you can help please visit the Toys For Tots Foundation website for your local drop off areas – http://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx.

 

CAI provides information and education to community associations and the professionals who support them. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship. Join CAI today or review our member benefits, including extensive online resources.

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Community Association Service Provider Event Washington

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WSCAI Summer Mixer 8.20.2014

Washington State Community Associations Institute (WSCAI) Business Partner Summer Mixer at Matthews Winery was a smashing success! We had nice wine, delicious pizza from Dogfather Catering, enjoyable music performed by Ian Skavdahl and, beautiful weather. Thank you to the 75 business partners and managers who participated in the evening. This event was specific for businesses which provide services to community associations in Washington.

 

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