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In This Update
  • Visits with Lawmakers
     
  • Senate Hearings
     
  • CTB in the Press
     
  • The Next Step in Columbia

Visits with Lawmakers

Over the past week, members of Change The Board have traveled twice to Columbia.
 
On the first visit, we met with Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope. A resident of York County, he represents District 47 in the state House of Representatives.
 
Prior to our arrival, Representative Pope had already read our bill, H.3217, and understood the unfair practices occurring in developer-controlled HOAs. We asked that he nudge our bill into a committee hearing and, further, that he sign on as a sponsor to our bill. The following day, his name appeared on our bill as a sponsor. That mission accomplished.
 
The office of Representative Richie Yow was the next stop. He lives in Chesterfield and represents District 53. The next day, we found that he, too, has become a sponsor of our bill. More accomplished.
Senate Hearings

Two HOA bills, S.13 and S.14, reside in the Senate Judiciary Committee. On our second visit to Columbia, we had hoped to testify about the need for our bill. Senator Luke Rankin, District 33 in Horry County, presided at the Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing. A previous one-hour hearing had ended with many of the senator’s constituents unable to present their testimony, while HOA managers and other special interest groups claimed HOAs had no problems.
 
At the second hearing, Senator Rankin’s own constituents took up the entire two hours for the Thursday hearing, but he invited us to present our written testimony. That we did the next day.   

Click here to read our written testimony >
 
The stories presented by Horry County homeowners reflected many of the issues faced at SCCL. One homeowner stated that the developer had been on-site and controlled the community association for 45 years!
 
Many other homeowners complained of developers who establish a “dictatorship” and provide no transparency of governance. “Protect homeowners” was a frequent request to the senator.
 
From all we have learned, it seems our lawmakers do not know a great deal about HOAs. They have heard much conflicting testimony. Eventually, lawmakers will probably pass a law, but not quickly.
CTB in the Press

The day of our first visit to Columbia, The State newspaper in Columbia published an op-ed outlining some of the problems confronting HOAs and the supporters of Change The Board. On Sunday, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach also noted the efforts of Change The Board. We are pleased with any articles that spotlight the problems with HOAs.

Click here to read op-ed appearing in The State >
 

Click here to read the article appearing in the Sun Times >
The Next Step in Columbia

The House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee has not scheduled a subcommittee meeting on our bill. However, Representative Deborah Long informed us today that hearings would probably take place next week or the second week after Easter.
 
We plan to return to Columbia for any future hearings that can help our cause, and we invite everybody to come join us. The more voices that support us, the better the chance of our bill being passed. The momentum, the frustrations with HOAs are evident. We can work together to get our bill passed. We can do it!
 
For more information, call 803-547-1249 or e-mail us at ChangeTheBoard@att.net.
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