After 103 days in session, 106 bills have passed and 105 have been signed by Governor Ducey.
Last week was the third week of budget discussions at the Arizona Legislature. None of the five (5) community association bills we are monitoring have moved an inch in 3 weeks due to the budget negotiations. It is anticipated that once the budget is adopted by both Houses and sent to the Governor that it will be a sprint to the end of the legislative session and this could involve late night sessions to tie up loose ends on bills that are very close to passing.
A looming deadline for this week is April 30, 2016, the date required for the session to end (unless there is a majority vote in both Houses to extend).
As you may know, three weeks ago, the first community association bill was signed by Governor Ducey (HB2172, Design; Architectural Committees; Review). Under HB2172, a board or an architectural committee’s approval of construction projects, architectural designs, plans and amendments shall not be “unreasonably withheld”. However, the Arizona Legislature failed to define “unreasonably”. It is our opinion that once this law becomes effective, boards and architectural committees should strive to approve or disapprove construction projects, architectural designs, plans and amendments within 30-45 days of receipt to meet the intent of this new law.
Stay tuned, this is going to be an exciting week!
Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C.