Texas Legislature Online - 82(R) History for SB 142
Here is a request to get the word out that this bill is out of committee and headed for floor vote in the Texas House of Reps:
Please support SB142
Senate Bill 142 will be heard on the House floor on Thursday. Rep. Solomons has amended this bill, those amendments will help homeowners tremendously. The Industry is in a panic, if 142 passes, they will have to start playing NICER and attorneys that represent homeowners will have an equal opportunity to receive their fees. We need to protect the good things in this bill, priority of payments, payment plan, equal OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE ATTORNEY FEES, restrictions on resale certificates (no more surprises at closing), and the right to have solar power. Yes, there are still some problems, but this is the first bill in ten years that would give much needed help to homeowners and the attorneys that represent them. We must protect the integrity of this legislation!! This Industry consists of developers, builders, HOA attorneys and management companies...they will fight to kill this bill and keep their lucrative cash flow. We need your voice more than ever before.
HOA Reform can charter a bus for 40-50 people, or we will help set up carpools ...please let me know. For those that won't be able to attend, we will be sending form letters with phone numbers and e-mail addresses, for you to send, and your voice will be heard.
I am not sure which Texas HOA reform group sent me this message, so here are links to both:
Texas Homeowners for HOA Reform
HOA Reform Coalition
There were a bunch of HOA/condo bills in the TX leg this session. In addition to SB 142, they include: HB 1639, 2761, 2779, 2869, 3347, 3348, and SB 472.
Update 5/15/11: I received this info:
A message from Janet Ahmad:
Important Bill To Be Heard – Your Help Is Needed At The Texas Capitol
The Texas Legislative session is quickly coming to an end. The Committee hearings agendas have been filled with over 60 HOA Reform proposed legislative bills. Many of us have attended and testified in Business and Industry every Monday and Intergovernmental Relation (IGR) every Wednesday.
This week a very special bill will be considered on the House floor and we need your help. We need your help to personally pass out important information to both Senators and Representative asking them to vote for CSSB 142, a substitute HOA Reform bill sponsored by House Representative Burt Solomons.
We realize some of you can not make it to the Capitol so we are asking for you to join by sending e-mails to lawmaker and making phone calls to their offices. Your help is so important. Go to http://hoareformcoalition.org/ to learn more about CSSB 142 and other bills.
Our civil and constitutional rights are being eroded by an industry that for too long has blocked consumer’s access to the courts for any and all responsibility; foreclosed on homesteads from families non-judicially, despite our constitutional protections of homesteads. For the past decade homebuilders and developers have crafted self-serving Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and its business of lucrative HOA management with the intent to impose astonishing controls, fees and divisive methods to prohibit residents from electing their own board members, airing legitimate concerns about defective drainage and shoddy home construction practices within communities. In collaboration with their management companies and their affiliate attorneys, builders are empowered in ways unimagined, such as implementing NON-Judicial foreclosures in as little as 28 day, without any formal notice to the homeowner. It’s frightening how the powers of HOAs have grown out of control.
In as week and a half the 2011 Legislative Session will end, so please join us this Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the Capitol to make history.
IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE! Join the Coalition on the steps of the Capitol in Austin. Please try to arrive at 10:00 AM so that we may gather for instructions and materials. Handouts will be available for homeowners to take to their legislators listing legislative changes needed. Please respond as soon as possible. Let us know that we can count on you.
For those of you who can not attend please pledge to make calls and send e-mail messages. More instructions and Senator and Representative contact information to follow soon.
In the meantime find your legislators at "Who Represents Me?" on: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/ and contact them asking them to Support CSSB 142.
Tens of thousands of homeowners have suffered non-judicial and judicial foreclosure filings, exorbitant fines, fees and other harassments for frivolous and capricious citations. We need you help.
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Help us to help you by keeping in touch. Tell your story through HOBB, and to your elected officials. Please post your comments on the many news reports below.
Janet Ahmad, President
Home Owners for Better Building