As a longstanding member of the New Jersey Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) legislative action committee, the 2006 President of CAI’s political action committee (CA-PAC), and as Secretary of CAI’s Board of Directors, my involvement in the New Jersey legislative process on matters affecting community associations in New Jersey has dramatically increased.

In that regard, I was present at the February 23, 2006 Housing Committee where Assemblyman Caraballo‘s bill, known as the Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (UCIOA) was voted out of committee, and sent to the Assembly floor for a full vote. The bill, known as A-798, is a sweeping bill that for the first time in New Jersey history would bring under the auspices of one law issues affecting all community associations in the State (condominiums, homeowners, and cooperatives). Assemblyman Caraballo, a law professor at Seton Hall Law School, has made it very clear that his bill is the first of its kind in the State that will help protect the rights of homeowners living within a community association, while also helping community associations operate more efficiently.

On March 2, 2006, the bill was passed by the New Jersey Assembly by a vote of 55-14, with 6 abstentions. The bill will now go to the Senate for its consideration and disposition.

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