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
Note date change - October 1-2, 2014
Massachussetts and Connecticut team up to host one large annual event this year. We're meeting at Mohegan Sun, a favorite destination location in Uncasville, CT. Attendee registration opens soon.
Be sure to book your overnight guest room early. The accommodations are very nice and there is a lot to do at the Mohegan Sun. Don't miss out. The room rate is $169. You may book online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/STORE14 or call reservations at 888-777-7922 and use code: STORE14
Update on SB 183 - Lien Law Improvements and HB 326 – Tenant Insurance Law
Senate Bill 183 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.
1st Reading - The bill was introduced in early 2013. MASSA president Steve Tranni and Legislative Chair Mike Kane (with our lobbyist Mark Molloy) met with the various bill sponsors and the Chairs of The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging technologies and testified at the public hearing in April of 2013. SB 183 was voted favorably out of Committee on 10/21/13. It is now before the Committee on Ethics and Rules for the 2nd reading.
2nd Reading – Mike Kane & Mark Molloy met with Committee Chairman, Stanley Rosenberg’s counsel, Mark Bailey on 12/16/13 to introduce the issues to him and answer any questions. Senator Rosenberg sent the bill to the Attorney General’s office for review. On 1/31/14, the AG’s office expressed concerns on a number of issues. After several months of back and forth revisions, the AG appears to be satisfied. We now need to be voted favorably out of Committee and go on to a third reading before The Committee on Bills.
3rd Reading – The Committee on Bills makes sure all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed before it goes to a full vote on the Floor. Our hope is to get SB 183 voted and passed by the July 31, 2014 end of this formal session. The Senate can still vote during the informal session which ends January 2, 2015.
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. Steve Tranni, Mike Kane & Mark Molloy met with DOI Commissioner Joseph Murphy and two of his staff on April 23, 2014 to discuss the bill. They asked to see some of the current policies we sell now. That was provided. The DOI’s office seems to be consumed with all the issues around Obamacare and the failure of the State web site. It doesn’t appear anything will happen this year. There is a possibility that this can be dealt with administratively, that is, the DOI could promulgate rules and regulations internally without Legislation.
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. If you would like to help in future efforts, don’t be shy. The Legislative process is arduous. It’s a great way to learn about hoe Government works.
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SSA University Legal Webcasts
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