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Assembly unanimously upholds Gibbons’ veto of HOA bill

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The Nevada Assembly began the 2009 session by taking care of old business from 2007. Legislators today upheld the governor's veto of a bill that would have made sweeping changes to the governing and operations of homeowners associations.

The proposed legislation, known as AB 396, combined several drafts from the Assembly and Senate into one inflated bill with 50 changes to state laws governing the associations.

It contained some elements Gov. Jim Gibbons liked and some he didn't, which was the reason he gave for vetoing it in June 2007. Of the 63 legislators then, all but two approved the bill.

It garnered the most e-mails, phone calls and letters of any proposed legislation in the session, the governor's spokesman said at the time.

The 2009 Assembly wasted little time in unanimously upholding the veto, 42-0.

Returning Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, said the current Assembly has plenty of new legislation regarding the associations, so it doesn't need to try to override the veto.

The Legislature has 17 bill drafts directly concerning the associations, also called common-interest communities.

Issues such as banning associations from using radar guns and prohibiting the boards from regulating rolling shutters and parking drew the bulk of the public criticism in 2007.

The bill also addressed restrictions on the use of solar panels; prohibiting associations from levying assessments on tax-exempt properties; requiring full disclosure for board members; and requiring official publications provide equal space for opposing views and opinions.

All of the issues could be raised again during the next two months.

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