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Legislative Update - Fourth Quarter 2013
As the Massachusetts legislature hits the halfway point of the 2013-2014 legislative session, the Massachusetts Self Storage Association (“MASSA”) and Lynch Associates continue to spend significant time before the Massachusetts legislature. As a result, we are pleased to report that the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies released Senate Bill 183, An Act Relative to Improving Notice Requirements for Self-Storage, with a favorable report on the last day of formal sessions for 2013. (The Massachusetts legislature, which never fully recesses, will resume formal session in early January while holding “informal” sessions in the meantime).
As you may recall, key provisions of the legislation provide for electronic notification, use of websites for attracting bidders, limitation of liability and other provisions allowing Massachusetts to keep pace with the updated standards being set in the rest of the nation. MASSA would like to thank House Chairman Joe Wagner, sponsor of our House filed matter, and Senate Chairwoman Gale Candaras of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies for their support for this legislation. Likewise, MASSA would like to thank Senator Mike Moore, our Senate sponsor, for his tireless work on this matter. While this is only the first of many steps that need to be undertaken for the matter to become law, it is a very significant event. Last session, our legislation received a “study order” and was unable to advance from the initial committee.
MASSA will continue to work to advance this legislation through the legislative process. It is anticipated that this legislation will be referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee shortly.
With respect to the second matter, MASSA is still working to advance House Bill 842, An Act Relative to Self Storage Insurance, to clarify the responsibilities of Self Storage operators in offering Self Storage insurance. Key provisions of this legislation provide for educating consumers about the limits of Self Storage insurance, the potential for duplication with existing homeowner or automotive insurance, and other matters necessary to ensure both Self Storage operators and consumers have the same expectations and necessary protections in selling Self Storage insurance. The Joint Committee on Financial Services continues to review this matter.
While we have made good strides on our notice legislation, please be prepared to act when called upon. The strength of MASSA remains its membership. With the legislative session halfway completed, please continue to let MASSA leadership know if you know any elected officials or their staff. In navigating the legislative process, every contact or friend can mean the difference between success or failure. With that in mind, please be prepared to act if MASSA asks you to call or e-mail your legislators.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about MASSA’s legislation or the legislative process, please do not hesitate to contact MASSA leadership or Lynch Associates.
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If you are an owner or operator of a self storage business, and are interested in joining the association, you will find the membership application under the About MASSA link above.