Last Night: CAN Brings Legislators and Community Leaders Together
Last night was a great night for those living, owning and serving community associations. Florida Legislators and key legislative staff took a break from their second week of Committee Meetings and attended the CAN/CEOMC Legislative Town Hall & Reception at the Riverside Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Florida Senate again convenes this coming Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon for the 2015 Special Session C.
During any Legislative Session it is very difficult to discuss issues directly with our Florida law makers since there are approximately 2000 bills filed in the Legislature each session, amendments, committee meetings, hearings and votes to be attended and made in a very short period of time. Sometimes, laws have unintended consequences on the more than 7 million Floridians living in one of Florida’s nearly 60,000 community associations.
Having community association leaders meet together with lawmakers so issues can be discussed, bad laws averted and unintended consequences prevented is precisely what CAN has done for many years and continues to do.
These Legislators cared enough about the issues involving your homes and how you are regulated while living in your neighborhoods to come to our meetings and learn what is important to you.
Anthony Kalliche, Executive Vice President/General Counsel FirstService Residential, Representative George R. Moraitis, Jr., Leigh Katzman, Esq. Katzman Garfinkel, Founder & David Diestel, Regional President, South FirstService Residential.
Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing the 40th District, which includes western Miami-Dade County, since 2012.
Representative George R. Moraitis, Jr. a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 93rd District, which stretches from Boca Raton to Hollywood in eastern Broward County.
Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 92nd District, which includes northeastern Broward County, stretching from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale, since 2008.
Representative Hazelle P. Rogers a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 95th District, which includes North Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, and Lauderhill in northern Broward County, since 2012, previously representing the 94th District from 2008 to 2012.
Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, Leigh Katzman, Esq. Katzman Garfinkel, Founder & Representative Hazelle Rogers.
Folks living and owning property in community associations, do not have powerful lobbyists giving them a voice before their property rights are affected by laws passed by the Legislature. That’s where CAN comes in and helps.
Out-of-state Title Companies, Wall Street Banks and Insurance Companies, do not have a problem getting their points across or many times their way.
All will not agree on every issue changing community association laws. But we CAN all agree that getting our law-makers to listen to our concerns is a wonderful step in the right direction.
Please feel free to email your Legislators and thank them for their participation.
As a CAN member, you are always kept up-to-date on what’s happening in Tallahassee during the Legislative Session through the CAN website, email alerts and tools such as the “Capitol Connection” email system. CAN uses this email system to mobilize association leaders and residents with the information and resources needed to play a meaningful part in the legislative process. CAN also keeps track of what bills may have an impact on community associations and where they are in the process so that you are always informed on what is going on in Tallahassee.
For more information on CAN, please visit our website at www.canfl.com or contact us at 1-855-CAN-TIPS (8477).
Stay informed. Stay connected.
Wishing you good health and peaceful relations.
Yours in Community,
Alan Garfinkel, Esq.
Katzman Garfinkel, Founding Partner
Community Advocacy Network (CAN), Chairman
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