Bill fining out-of-control homes associations advances


A divided House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill empowering homeowners seeking  protection from abusive homes associations trampling on their state rights.

The House local government committee voted 8-5 to move the bill out to the full House after lawmakers agreed to a compromise for a smaller fine for violators.

As originally proposed, violators of the homeowners association bill of rights would have been prosecuted under the state's consumer protection act, which carries a fine of up to $10,000 for each occurrence.

The bill was amended Tuesday so that a violation carries a fine of up to . . .


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