NONSENSE IN OPPOSITION OF
REFORM BILL H7119
By Jan Bergemann
Published April 30, 2013
people just donít seem to care what nonsense they write when they are
ranting against a bill they donít like. During this yearís session I
really had to laugh about e-mails in opposition sent by Patti Lynn and
Mary Macfie, the two ďleading ladiesĒ of the Broward Coalition.
wrong with opposing a bill, thatís everybodyís good right Ė and we
do it all the time.
when writing in opposition to a bill one should give factual reasons why
the bill should be opposed, not just making up nonsense that just makes
other people laugh.
much as I understand that dictatorial board members oppose a regulatory
agency, they should find factual reasons in opposition of the bill, not
just make up reason they think sound good.
One the worst examples for filling an opposition letter with absolute nonsense was a sample e-mail sent by Mary Macfie, the 1st Vice President of the Broward Coalition, to the members on her e-mail list requesting them to write e-mails to Governor Rick Scott, asking him to veto H1779/SB580 Ė the HOA Reform Bill.
Here is a copy of Mary Macfie's sample e-mail:
take a closer look at her reasoning for opposing the bill:
requires more governmental staff to evaluate and collate the information.
Thatís about the only thing in her e-mail where she may have a point,
but since most all reporting will be done via Internet, the computers will
do most of the work, the cost will be minimal.
open an associationís private records to disclosure under the Freedom of
Information Act. Actually, all the
information required is already public record, most all of it visible on
the website of the Division of Corporation, county property appraiser or
the official public records of the association.
the door for a future assessment against every property in an HOA.
Thatís actually a possibility, but the amount we are talking about is
most likely $2 annually Ė and for that the Division will supply lots of
services associations have to pay for lots of money in the moment.
subjects licensed community association managers to fines and censure for
reporting that they are not in full control of. Now where the hell does she get that from? Where did she find that
provision in the bill that is going to the Governor? She obviously forgot
to read the latest version of the bill, the one she is asking the Governor
require associations to even more expenses by having their required
submissions reviewed by a licensed community association attorney or legal
firm. When reading that sentence I
really had to laugh! Any moron can answer the simple reporting questions.
A halfway knowledgeable manager or board member will not take more than
five minutes to fill out the report form. And you really donít need a
BAR license to review these simple questions and fill out the report!
questions in the required report are very simple:
Federal employer identification number.
Mailing and physical addresses.
Total number of parcels.
Total amount of revenues and expenses from the association's annual
are the only five things every HOA in
how difficult can it get? And consider all the privacy issues involved Ė
thatís really scary Ė right? Not one of these issues is private at all.
Or do you see the provision in the bill asking to report social security
numbers, driverís license information or bank account numbers?
no mistake, the opposition against the possibility of HOAs coming under
the jurisdiction of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Ė condos are regulated since 1992 Ė really scares certain board
members who are afraid that they might be held liable for their actions,
for violations of the
sad example of lobbying for homeownersí rights shows how dangerous it
can be if people, who don't understand the legislative process and
obviously have a hard time reading bills, are elected into positions which
gives them the power to distribute nonsense.
it is even sadder, when four local State Representatives (Slosberg,
Berman, Rader and Stark) fall for such nonsense,
obviously without even looking into the merits of the arguments of such
coalition board members and vote against a bill that contains nothing but
common sense solutions. I guess these legislators donít even care if
they are taken serious?
the way, according to their website the Broward Coalition is as well
ďrepresentingĒ condo association. Considering that the general plan of
bringing HOAs under the jurisdiction of the DBPR contains the general idea
to charge all associations in the future only $2 annually, these Broward
Coalition board members sure donít do any favors to the condominium
associations they claim to represent when they rant against this bill.
Their claim: $4 annually is too much money to pay for the services HOAs
will receive. But how about the $2 annually condo owners will save?
honestly, after reading some of the communications I saw in recent months,
I donít think they can even think that far!