Thank you, House pit bulls David Ramadan (R-87) and Scott Surovell (D-44) for defeating the Senate version of HB 791 on Feb. 27. The 55 House of Delegates members who voted Nay were:
Adams, Anderson, BaCote, Bell, Richard P.; Bell, Robert B.; Berg, Bloxom, Byron, Chafin, Cline, Cole, Comstock, Davis, DeSteph, Edmunds, Fariss, Farrell, Fowler, Gilbert, Habeeb, Head, Helsel, Hodges, Hope, Hugo, Joannou, Kilgore, Landes, LaRock, Lingamfelter, Loupassi, Marshall, D.W., Marshall, R.G., Mason, McQuinn, Morefield, Morris, Morrissey, O’Quinn, Orrock, Pogge, Ramadan, Ransone, Rasoul, Robinson, Rush, Scott, Surovell, Toscano, Tyler, Ward, Ware, Webert, Wilt, Wright. (NoVa delegates in bold)
Half of Lansdowne on the Potomac got hosed by 10th District Del. Randy Minchew’s predictable “aye” vote in response to the Community Associations Institute (CAI) lobby inspired by groupthink leader, Texas state Sen. John Carona. The other half did not show up because Tag Greason (R-32) is trapped in a leadership void and did not vote.
Egregious acts of betrayal generated by this bill were committed by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations and some misguided members of both parties. But thanks to independent thinkers ranging politically from Surovell to David LaRock in House District 33, the bill now has a chance of being scuttled as it so well deserves to be. Barbara Comstock (R-34) gets a shout-out too, and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-25) cast the only Nay vote when the bill came out of committee.
The bill’s backers can always bring it back next year, assuming they are willing to emerge in public. That makes time for the senator whose 33rd Senate district includes the largest concentration of HOAs that abuse power, Jennifer Wexton, to hold town meetings in Sterling, Dulles, Ashburn and Leesburg to actually ask thousands of HOA-dwelling voters what they think of this bill.
Gosh, in a year, even Leesburg Today and Loudoun Times Mirror editors and reporters would have time to read it!
If Wexton actually believes this bill offers “new protections” to homeowners, she is reading something other than HB 791. Her amended bill sounds lovely but has no mechanism for enforcement. First session, first vote, late start, so she gets a pass. One time.