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Founded in 1998 to provide local and regional support for self storage owners and operators, our association provides the opportunity for our members to communicate, develop and organize our industry's resources to protect and promote the concept of self storage and the businesses of our members.
2014 Northeast Self Storage Tradeshow
Thank you to everyone who attended the Tradeshow on October 2, 2014. Exhibitor and attendee evaluations have been sent to attendees by e-mail. Participants who answer the questions in those evaluations will help us make the 2015 even better than the one this year.
Senate Bill 2297 Improvements to Lien Law, in brief; adds 6 definitions, allows "electronic" notification of lien notices, allows "internet" advertising of auctions, clarifies the maximum value of stored property as that stated in the contract, clarifies a late fee as the greater of $20 or 20% of the monthly rent, allows a vehicle to be towed after 60 days of nonpayment and allows the owner to take possession of abandoned property.
Voted "Favorably" July 23, 2014 in The Senate. Sent to House. Formal session closed July 31, 2014 without a final vote. 9/24/14 Mike Kane, Steve Tranni & lobbyist Mark Molloy met with Representative Ted Speliotis, Chairman of the House Committee on Bills in the Third Reading. This is where a bill gets its final vetting. He had some concerns about "not" sending auction notices in writing. Mark followed up with his office and he is now OK with it.
Voted "Favorably" October 2, 2014 in The House. Senate concurred on Oct. 6, 2014. Next step - the bill needs to be enacted by both Senate and House again (this is supposedly a normal procedure) and then the Governor has to sign it.
House Bill 326 Tenant Insurance Law, codifies what many facilities already do; sell tenant property insurance. The bill proactively sets the rules by which all storage facilities can sell tenant property insurance. It was submitted in early 2013 and is before The Committee on Financial Services.
On April 23, 2014, Mark Molloy, Steve Tranni and I met with Commissioner Joe Murphy, and two of his top advisers, Robert Macullar and one other Gentleman, to introduce MASSA and HB 326. They were engaged and asked many intelligent questions. Mark worked for 1 ½ years to get this meeting. This was their first exposure to the storage industry. It will be difficult to get this bill passed by the July 31, 2014 end of the formal session with all the reviews likely. There is a slight possibility that they could do this "administratively", that is, without Legislation, by promulgating rules within the DOI.
If anyone has any questions on the bills or has influence with your local Legislator(s) contact Mike Kane at 508-881-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. After "enactment" we will have to write or call the Governor's office asking him to sign SB2297 into law.