Government of the people, by the people, for the HOA


The following email letter from Mr. Brown to the Arizona legislative leaders reflects his concern about democracy in America.  (For more information on this HOA bill, please see public streets: the battleground for private or public government control).   

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My dear President Burns, Chairman Tibshraeny, Vice-Chairman Harper, Members of the Senate Government Institutions Committee, Senator Bunch, Representative Barto, Co-Sponsors of HB2153 and Representative Barnes:

“From time to time we read in the newspapers, or hear on the radio, about policies and procedures and practices in the Arizona legislature. Most often that which we read or head is critical of how the legislature goes about its business. Words such as “fair” and “open” and “level playing field” are used, as if to imply that the legislature should operate in a significantly different manner that it does.” Senator Randall Gnant, “From Idea…..To Bill…..To Law, The Legislative Process in Arizona,” February 2000

The Guest Opinion, “Who controls public streets,” Arizona Capitol Times, April 1, 2010, is on-point re the proposed HB2153 legislation as well as the global issues respecting associations’ control of property not owned by an association, associations’ control of the conduct and actions of Arizona citizens clearly not subject to the association’s governing documents and associations’ coveted power and dominion over homeowners subject to the association’s governing documents, the sacrosanct “private contract.”

Association stakeholders opposed to HB2153 regularly blur the lines between their long-held belief in “private contracts” not to be interfered with by federal, state, county and/or municipal governments and certainly not the legislature unless and until it suits the stakeholders and their client associations’ interests as evidenced by associations’ growing reliance on “what can government do for” stakeholders and associations today. (See Community Resource, Issue 1 / 2010, “What Your Local Government Can Do For You,” Community Associations Institute / Central Arizona Chapter, attached)

“Getting a hearing on a bill is a crucial first step for individual citizens, lobbyists, special interest groups and state the Senate, bills that receive a hearing have a high likelihood of passing the full Senate. So, while failure to secure a hearing is a virtual disaster for a bill, getting a hearing takes a bill on the longest step towards becoming law.” (Gnant)

Please include HB2153 on the Committee On Government Institutions’ agenda, Consideration of Bills, permitting the peoples’ representatives in the Senate to vote on the bill’s passage as your brethren in the House, the people’s other representatives, did so on February 17, 2010 (43/14/03).


William M. Brown


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