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Bi-Partisanship in Action
By Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.
Do you remember the last time you went to the polls? You’ll likely know who you want to be president, senator, or congressman, but what about our state legislators? Sometimes party affiliation is secondary to the interests of you and your community – you want a local representative you know will fight for your community, the rules and laws and costs that directly affect you and your neighbors.
The Community Advocacy Network and our partners were proud to host another wildly successful Town Hall – with seven legislative districts represented by elected state legislators themselves or top staff. This past Friday, July 24th 2015, community leaders discussed issues directly affecting their communities with the very people with the political power to help. CAN, the Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC) and community leaders educated our lawmakers on the true needs of our communities. Special interests should not control how much your association dues are – you should.
Left to Right: Alan Garfinkel, Esq., Representative John Cortes, Representative Mike Miller and Leigh Katzman, Esq.
Outside of campaigning, so rarely do our representatives have face-to-face meetings with their constituents, but CAN, CEOMC and our partners regularly bring together lawmakers and community leaders. Until last Friday, State Representative Mike Miller (District 47-Orlando) didn’t know how HB 611 and SB 736, the “estoppel bills” would cause severe negative financial impact on community association living. Thankfully those estoppel bills did not pass in 2015; but now Representative Mike Miller understands estoppel bills that slice through the Legislature are powered by big out-of-state campaign dollars and we do not support those changes.
These estoppel bills were terrible for community associations and would have unfairly shifted financial burdens on those living and owning property in community associations. Title agents wasted up to $2 million dollars in their failed attempt to change the law. (Click here to see David Beats Goliath!)
Here is our response to the big money and special interests: face-to-face education of our lawmakers. Republicans and Democrats sat down and discussed important community issues. CAN’s bipartisan town halls have become an extremely important force to help our communities statewide by educating our elected officials. Regardless of party affiliation, we want to elect local representatives that will consider laws favorable to community association living.
Please thank the following legislative offices that took the time to attend and listen and truly hear our concerns:
Keep informed, stay involved, protect your neighborhoods, and be happy.
Yours in community,
Alan B. Garfinkel, Esq.
Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner
and Community Advocacy Network, Chairman
Source: Can FL Alerts