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SB 407 - Noncommercial Solicitation

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest: This bill would provide that the governing documents, including bylaws and operating rules, of a residential common interest development may not prohibit a member or resident of a common interest development from engaging in certain activities, including...

Subject: Noncommercial Solicitation

Status: In Senate Judiciary

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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2014 Legislation: AB 2561 - Voiding HOA Landscaping Rules

AB 2561 would void HOA governing document provisions, such as landscaping rules or bans on commercial activity, that prohibit any homeowner from planting a personal or commercial garden of edible crops in their front or back yard. ECHO opposes AB 2561.

Subject: Voiding HOA Landscaping Rules

Status: Signed by Governor

Position: Oppose

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2014 Legislation: AB 1888 - Transfer Tax Disclosure

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Documentary transfer tax: document for recordation: amount of tax due shown on separate paper.

Status: Amended 3/27. Passed committee votes. Assembly third reading.

Position: Watch

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2014 Legislation: SB 1144 - Drought and Under-watering Fines

This bill proposes a temporary exemption for homeowners who could be fined for under-watering their plants or yards. From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

This bill would prohibit an association from imposing a fine or assessment on separate interest owners for yard maintenance issues related to under-watered plants and lawns during any period for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency due to drought.

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: In Senate. Hearing cancelled at the request of author.

Position: Watch

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2014 Legislation: AB 2100 - Drought and Under-watering Fines

AB 2100 prohibits an association from fining its members for reducing the watering of their lawns or other vegetation during a drought. 

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2014 Legislation: AB 1360 - Electronic Voting

This bill authorizes an association to conduct elections or other membership balloting by electronic voting. It also requires an association to provide each member with an opportunity to indicate that he or she will be voting electronically and to provide a member who did not indicate so with a paper ballot.

Subject: HOA Elections and Voting

Status: Failed passage in Senate committee.

Position: Support if Amended

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2014 Legislation: AB 2104 - HOA Regulation of Turf

Update: The Govenor signed the bill on 9/18.

This bill would expand the options of homeowners who want to plant water-efficient landscape by further limiting possible restrictions in an association's CC&Rs.

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Low Water-Using Plants

Status: Signed by Govenor

Position: Watch

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2014 Legislation: SB 992 - Drought and Under-watering Fines

SB 992 went into immediate effect on Sept. 18, 2014, superseding AB 2100 because it amended the same section of law, Civil Code Section 4735. SB 992 is identical to AB 2100 except for two features:

Subject: Underwatering - Fine Exemptions

Status: Signed by Governor.

Position: Support

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2014 Legislation: SB 391 - Fees on Recorded Documents

In order to fund affordable housing, this bill would impose a fee for all documents that must be recorded in California, including governing documents. 

From the Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Subject: Document Recording Fees

Status: Failed Passage

Position: Oppose

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2013 Legislation: SB 750

This bill deals with water sub-meters and meters. While the bill intended to address landlords and tenants, the language did not exempt common interest developments. Ultimately, the bill failed passage in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife committee.

Subject: Mandatory Submetering

Status: Failed passage in committee. Reconsideration granted.

Position: Oppose Unless Amended

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2013 Legislation: SB 125

This bill exempts a property owner of a structure that is both within a state responsibility area and within the boundaries of a local fire district that provides fire protection services in the district from the payment of the fire prevention fee.

Subject: Fire Prevention Fees

Status: Failed - Did not meet legislative deadlines.

Position: None

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