Self-Storage Pros Chat About Lobbying, State Associations on Industry Forum
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|Posted on: 07/10/2012|
In states throughout the union, there has been a concerted effort (often orchestrated by the national Self Storage Assocation) to try to reform and update laws that affect the self-storage industry. The goal is to get lawmakers to enact policy that is cost-effective for facility operators and simply more sensible all around. The effort particularly focuses on lien statutes, additional sales taxes on self-storage and state-run operations. For example, here are a few of the key questions that drive the policy effort:
Trying to get answers to these questions—and then pushing to reform laws that don't make sense—are key roles of state associations. But what is your state association doing to protect your interests? This is the central question behind a new discussion thread on Self-Storage Talk, the industry's largest online forum: "Your State Association and Lobbying" What are your association's objectives and its next big lobbying push? Which issues will be easy to get legislative support, and which ones will be uphill battles? This issues are particularly important for multi-state operators, but everyone can benefit by staying abreast of the state legislative issues that affect the industry.
While I'm on the topic, here are states that have in the past year succeeded in updating their lien laws (please add to the list on the forum if I missed one):
States with lien-law updates in the works:
In California last July, legislation to ease burdens on operators that passed in 2010 was reversed, thanks to an aggressive lobby from the newspaper industry.
To join in the SST conversation about lobbying, you'll need to be a registered member of the site. But registration is free, easy and can be done by visiting www.selfstoragetalk.com and clicking on "register."