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 . . .