Why HOA reform advocates fail at legislative reforms

This Commnetary is in response to a comment to my book review of Colorado Senator Morgan Carroll’s, Colorado senator’s guide to effective HOA legislation.

Your comment is understandably emotional and angry, because of failed attempts at HOA reforms.  I assume you have read my commentaries on the basic theme that state legislatures are not friendly toward HOA reforms. But the book shows you how to throw it back at Carroll and the dysfunctional legislatures and hypocritical legislators.  Just take it from the mouth of the “enemy” and use it against her.  Show her as a hypocrite, if that’s what you believe.  I do it all the time with the Arizona Legislature, and a new strongly worded critique is on the way.

You are mistaken in stating that I praise Carroll as a friend of HOA reforms.  I praise her because the book shows the way to reforms, and similar advice has been provided by legislators in other states.  The problem has always been the failure of homeowner advocates to recognize the fact that this is power politics, just like you see on TV, and they must learn to play the game.  And Carroll tells you how.

Yes, the book implies that all upright and good standing representatives will come to the aid and do right by the people, if they speak out loud enough and in large numbers.  Carroll does not say “right is might,” because the laws do not deal with justice.   Legislators, except for a very small minority in isolated cases, do not take up the “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” cause of the people that this ain’t right. Wake up guys! 

While small groups have spoken out in many states, they are not organized or powerful enough to overcome the paid lobbyists with their credentials.  But, over the years nobody really wants to organize a national HOA reform advocacy to counter the CAI propaganda.

Yes, there have been champions of HOA reform, but advocates fail to realize that these legislators must buck the powers that be at the legislature and win over the votes of a majority of other legislators. And this takes outcries by many people, not with gripes of “I wuz wronged!” but with valid arguments as to why HOAs are wrong for the state and the general public well-being.  And how to fix  these wrongs.  

This must be understood. The legislature does not get involved in your personal gripes! You must raise your issue to a general issue, a fundamental rights issue, before any legislature will get excited.

Learn from the book and take it to Carroll and show her “dual personality” in public, where it counts, and not here among others who know but do nothing.

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  1. “good standing representatives will come to the aid and do right by the people, if they speak out loud enough and in large numbers.”

    This is simply not true.

    Over the past month, I have spent several days at the Colorado state capitol building, as various committees were debating and hearing testimony on several gun-owner control bills — including one sponsored by Senator Carroll (D – HOA).

    The building was packed with people who had taken time off from work to oppose the bills. We waited in line for hours. There were so many of us who came to testify against the bills that the hearings ran until near midnight, yet there wasn’t time for all of us to have our turn to speak.

    Yet in the end, the votes were all across party lines. Our voices made no difference.

    As I stated in my earlier comment, her book is not something to praise Morgan Carroll (D – HOA) for, because her book is proof of her disingenuousness.


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