Agenda Item 9C
February 3, 2015
January 30, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 45-14, Common Ownership Communities - Governing Body
Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee recommendation (2-1,
enact the Bill with amendments.
Bill 45-14, Common Ownership Communities - Governing Body - Training, sponsored
by then Council Vice President Leventhal, was introduced on September 23, 2014. A public
hearing was held on October 21 and a Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee
worksession was held on January 26.
Bi1145-l4 would require the Commission on Common Ownership Communities to develop
an educational curriculum to train a member of the governing body of a common ownership
community on the responsibilities of directors.
would also require a member of the governing
body of a common ownership community to complete this training or similar training approved by
the CCOC within 90 days of their election or appointment.
Individuals are often appointed or elected to the governing body of a common ownership
community without receiving appropriate training on the responsibilities ofthis volunteer position.
Although it is important to avoid discouraging individuals from volunteering to serve their
community, it is equally important to ensure that those individuals who volunteer to serve are
prepared to carry out their responsibilities as a board member.
There were 13 speakers at the October 21 public hearing. Elizabeth Molloy, Chair of the
Commission on Common Ownership Communities or CCOC (©1O-12), Ilanya Branda, on behalf
ofthe Montgomery Housing Partnership (©13-14), Jordan Harding (©15-16), Jane Wilder (©17),
Richard Wilder (©18), Lawrence Dorney (©19-21), Eliot Chabot, Janet Schlosser, and Sheryl
Katzman, President of "JustUs" in Leisure World (©22-23) each supported the Bill as introduced.
Ms. Katzman added that the training requirement should be expanded to include alternate board
members. Gordon Klang (©24-26) supported the Bill, but suggested that additional enforcement
tools be added to the Bill.