HOAs are not exempt from complying with city, county, state and federal minimum wage laws, even if the compliance means increasing monthly dues and assessment amounts. HOAs can opt to impose a special assessment to cover the additional cost, or to keep expenses down, HOAs can lay off workers or reduce their hours.
Under an agreement with the Boulder, Colo., City Council, the National Manufactured Home Owners Association is creating HOAs in all of the city's mobile home parks as a way to help owners better advocate for themselves in disputes with park landowners. Boulder paid the NMHOA $20,000 for community organizing to create HOAs last year and has budgeted $50,000 for this year.
Equal Marriage Arizona, the group leading an effort to make Arizona the 14th state with a marriage equality law, has suspended its efforts to put the issue on the ballot in 2014. Co-chair Erin Ogletree Simpson cited difficulties in securing financial backing from national advocacy groups, many of which believe the effort should be put on hold until the 2016 presidential election. "I'm just happy our effort has prompted a focus from the various groups to look at 2016 and start putting together a strategy," she said.
In a move that surprised some observers, the Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to strike down an Arizona law requiring voters to prove their citizenship, asserting the primacy of federal legislation over state election regulations. In response, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and David Vitter, R-La., announced that they would seek to include language in the immigration reform bill to specifically authorize states to pass such provisions. "We must ensure that our elections are fair and accurately reflect the will of our citizens," Cruz said.
Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down three provisions of Arizona's immigration law while upholding a provision that requires police to check the immigration status of people they have arrested if the police think they may be in the country illegally. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have opposing views on the law, and both want Congress to take action, writes Priscilla Jimenez at the Locks Law Firm. "[T]he November elections can result in a dramatic shift in congressional or presidential action with regard to immigration," she writes.