By Chris Wysocki
RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL BILL WITHDRAWN, DEAD FOR THE YEAR
Last month, WMA joined a coalition including the California Apartment Association and other property-rights groups opposed to AB 2710 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (Democrat, San Jose), which would have allowed certain entities the right of first refusal to purchase rental housing. We are pleased to report that the author does not intend to move the bill; therefore, AB 2710 is effectively dead for the year. WMA appreciates the opportunity to be a part of these CAA-led coalition efforts.
MANAGEMENT MEETING BILL AMENDED AND HEADED TO ASSEMBLY FLOOR
On Monday, AB 2031 authored by Assemblymember Alex Lee (Democrat, San Jose) was officially amended in the State Assembly. The amendments accepted by the author (after WMA staff and our contract lobbyist Andrew Govenar spoke extensively with members of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee) were substantial, but WMA maintains its position that the bill is not necessary and existing law already provides for meetings between management and resident homeowners. The bill will be eligible to be voted on by the full Assembly on Monday, May 9th.
To view the amended version of the bill, please click on the following link:
BILL TO REMOVE RENT CONTROL EXEMPTION STILL AWAITING SENATE FLOOR ACTION
SB 940 (Laird) remains poised to be brought up on the Senate Floor. Opposed by WMA, SB 940 eliminates the rent control exemption for the new construction of spaces in local rent control ordinances.
Thank you to those members who took the time to participate via VoterVoice.If you haven’t already, it is not too late to help and send an email to your State Senator.
While this bill has been eligible to be taken up on the Senate Floor since early April, the bill has not yet been taken up. WMA staff has actively lobbied against this bill, but it may come up in any regular Floor Session between now and the legislative deadline.
Thank you to all our members who have utilized our VoterVoice campaign, and it is not yet too late to send a message to your Senator about the harm this bill will do to the manufactured housing industry. If you care to participate, please click the link below:
To view the full text of SB 940, please click here:
SB 1307 (RUBIO) ESTABLISHES NEW POSTING REQUIREMENTS FOR HCD
Throughout the year, WMA tracks and actively engages in discussions with legislators on numerous bills of interest, including SB 1307 (Rubio), which requires HCD to post an explanation of the process for a city, county, or city and county to assume the enforcement responsibilities pursuant to the acts described above, on its internet website, in multiple languages. The bill would also require the department to send an annual notice that explains the process to every city, county, or city and county government that has a mobilehome park located within its jurisdiction.
SB 1307 passed the Senate Housing Committee on April 27 by a 9-0 vote and will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 9.
Please click here to view the full text of SB 1307:
Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.