Finally! Some news to report on the Arizona Legislature! It’s been 4 weeks of budget discussions at the Arizona Legislature. None of the five (5) community association bills we are monitoring have moved an inch in 4 weeks due to the budget negotiations.
Today, the Arizona Legislature finally began debating a spending package for the state budget year (begins July 1) after a week of negotiations over additional funding for K-12 schools that wasn’t included in the initial budget agreement. It is anticipated that the budget will be passed this week, maybe as early as Thursday or Friday! Once the budget is passed, it will be a sprint to finish the legislative session. Some or all of the five (5) community associations bills we are currently monitoring may pass this year.
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, things are going to start happening at the speed of light this week!
Mulcahy Law Firm, P.C.