The legislative process never ceases to amaze me. Every year thousands of bills are introduced by our representatives both at the Federal level and in State Capitols across the country. Some have a list of sponsors while others do not. Every bill goes through a hearing process in subcommittees where they are either passed on to the full committee as presented, amended or killed. The survivors of the first cut then go through the process again in front of the full committee, and if not killed get passed on either intact or amended to one of the two houses, talked about, voted on, amended and if not killed the bill goes to the other house and eventually ends up on the President’s or the Governor’s desk where it is signed into law or vetoed.
With the seemingly endless opportunities to hear and discuss proposed legislation, how on earth do we end up with so many bad laws on the books?
David Kahne and Beanie Adolph join us On The Commons this week. David is among a handful of attorneys who has and will represent homeowners in HOAs. Although she has never lived in an association controlled development, Beanie is a tireless advocate for preserving individual and private property rights. She is the Director of the HOA Reform Coalition of Texas. She also provides a page where homeowners can share their HOA problems because, as she explains, “… there is no state agency where homeowners can register their problems”. David and Beanie give us a rundown of some of the bills the Texas legislature had in front of them. We also learn that the legislators did not want to hear from the homeowners so David went to Austin to represent the Coalition and Texas homeowners. Tune in for a run down on the bills, what they would have done, which ones passed and which ones were killed, at least for this year.