Leisure World of Maryland: Governance Needs To Be Certified (follow up)

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This is the follow up to: http://cjndaily.com/blog/2014/06/point-blankleisure-world-maryland-failure-respect-residents/

Leisure World of Maryland:

Follow up to: Governance Needs To Be Certified

Point Blank©: slk


As President of the Leisure World of Maryland resident advocacy organization “JustUs”, I want to thank Councilman Leventhal and his staff for honoring my request and introducing this most significant legislation. The origins of this landmark legislation are addressed within the article “Grade “A” Certified: R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Truthfulness and Advocacy”.

Fiduciary responsibility demands representatives have prior knowledge of all legally defining documents before voting to expend resident funds.

Only the State of Florida has had the foresight to mandate HOA member certification. This instant legislation further protects Montgomery County HOA residents, by requiring HOA board members complete a prescribed and mandatory training curriculum. However, the training should also include the State of Maryland Homeowners Association Act, as well as each HOA’s Bylaws/Articles of Incorporation/Master Deed/Amendments/ Policies, Rules and Regulations.

Additionally, Bill 45-14 need be amended to include HOA BOD alternates. In Leisure World by example, each BOD representative has one or more designated alternates, who “take their place at the table” when the assigned representative is unable to attend. The Leisure World Board of Directors votes on a $25 Million + budget. Alternates could be voting to spend resident funds without any assurance of their knowledge or background on requisite legalities and/or the subject matter about which they vote upon.

The sole negative voice against this proposal cites the “red herring” argument that if volunteers are required to be educated, no one will be willing to run for a seat. On the other hand, those without a vested interest have said with requisite training, they would be inclined to serve knowing they were in the midst of others who have been equally informed and educated.

Assuredly, by setting this educational standard, those who have for so long merely waded through will recognize their educational responsibility or step aside and let the cream rise to the top.

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”-Proverbs 4:7
Bill 45-14 can be read here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/Resources/Files/bill/2014/Packets/20141021_11.pdf

PUBLIC HEARING testimony was held on Oct. 21, 2014 before the the Montgomery County, Maryland PHED Committee: Bill 45-14, Common Ownership Communities:
Governing Body – Training

It can be seen here: http://montgomerycountymd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=6&clip_id=8115

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