Condominium associations and similar organizations would have to clear a higher bar before they file lawsuits over construction defects.
Smith called the bill the product of a year-and-a-half “odyssey of work,” predicting that differences with the Senate version mean it is destined for a conference committee.
Proponents say the proposal would lead to more housing construction by developers who now shy away from new condominium or townhouse projects because they fear entanglements with litigation-prone unit owners in common interest communities or CICs, including cooperatives.
Among the bill's supporters are city councils in several suburban cities, including St. Anthony, Hopkins and Chanhassen, who passed resolutions backing provisions of the bill.
The bill would:
CIC associations would be free to intervene as third parties in litigation, but would have to notify unit owners “within 75 days of the association's commencement of the complaint in an intervention or the
assertion of the counterclaim, crossclaim, or third-party claim.” The bill would apply to CICs established on or after Aug. 1, 2010.
“We’re voting to take away the rights of people who purchase property,” said Rep. Raymond Dehn (DFL-Mpls). “We will be, in essence, nullifying the way in which they purchased their unit.”
Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) said the bill says: “If you as owner are harmed, you have to get 51 percent [of other unit owners] to decide to do the right thing.”
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.