Friday, February 24th was the final day for legislators to submit bills for consideration in 2012. Unsurprisingly, most of the bills that affect California associations were submitted on that day. We will introduce each bill in greater detail. Several bills before the Legislature are two-year bills that were not signed last year. Read below for a quick summary of those bills.
AB 805 & 806: Torres
These bills contain a complete revision of the Davis-Stirling Act. The bills are the result of a multi-year project conducted by the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC). The CLRC's goal is to simplify the language of the Act and reorganize the statutes without making substantive changes. ECHO supports this bill, but we are watching closely to make sure that no substantive changes are introduced.
Links: AB 805 & AB 806
SB 880: Corbett
This bill cleans up legislation introduced last year: SB 209 dealing with electric vehicle charging stations. That bill contained concerning language that required association's to permit the installation of charging stations in common area. While that requirement remains, the cleanup legislation greatly strengthens the association's authority to regulate the installation and associated costs. This bill has passed the Legislature and the Governor is likely to sign. Read ECHO's prior coverage of this bill here & here.
Links: SB 880
SB 561: Corbett
This bill would prohibit an association from assigning or pledging the association's right to collect payments or assessments to a third party. In other words, an association would not be able to use an outside collection service in many circumstances. ECHO, along with several industry groups, opposed this bill. At this time, Senator Corbett is not expected to move the bill.
Links: SB 561
Several two-year bills on ECHO's watch list failed to meet required deadlines. AB 19 (water submeters), AB 20 (construction defects and attorney responsibilities), and AB 579 (attorney fees) are all dead and no longer under consideration. To review those bills, read our summary of ECHO's 2011 legislative activities.