The Arizona GOV committee meeting on HB 2158 yesterday heard the voice ot the HOA homeowners — the HOA citizens — on the need for HOA regulation and control of rogue boards. The members heard the horror stories, and were made awareof lack of free political speech as enjoyed by non-HOA members.
The bill passed 7 – 0 with 131 owners submitting their support for the bill, using the RTS (Request to Speak) procedure, while just 3 RTS submissions were against the bill. This procedure allows the public to submit a short statement for or against a bill, with the option of speaking at the meeting. All submissions become part of the public record and are accessible by the public.
Here is a sample of the FOR submissions at both the earlier House (195 FOR; 31 Against) and Senate hearings, by the owners themselves and not just board members:
- This bill is necessary to prevent the abuse of fundamental rights or free speech and assembly. Please support it.(WD)
- Homeowners should be able to use all the facilities of the HOA to express their concerns and ideas abou8t HOA business. Please support this bill. (PF)
- Please protect homeowners rights to voice their opinions without fear of retribution (KHW)
- This bill seeks to protect homeowner’s ability to participate in the governance of their communities and to express their support or opposition for board candidates or community ballot measures in an attempt to influence the outcome. (D Legere)
- It is criminal how HOA Boards are allowed to infringe upon one’s right to assemble/speak and impose their beliefs. (LN)
- HB2158 will allow homeowners to engage each other over concerns for the betterment of their communities. (SP)
- Please vote to protect the homeowners right to show support or opposition to HOA Board candidates. The suppressive measures that our board takes is board line criminal. (RW)
- This bill will help empower homeowners to fight against overbearing board of directors. (KC)
- We need to pass this legislation to protect the right of assembly and to redress the government for those who live in HOAs. Vote yes for this bill. (JR)
- HOA’s should not be allowed to restrict a home owner’s freedom to assembly or free speech. Regardless of which side of the ballot the home owner votes on. (LS)
- Homeowners are handicapped from effective political participation in HOA governance and fair elections will make a difference. (yours truly)
- It prohibits HOAs from infringing on Constitutional rights of owners during HOA elections. Two thumbs up! (CS)
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind