CAI-GLAC LAC Delegates

CLAC Chapter Delegate/Liaison Qualifications and Duties

Introduction to the California Legislative Action Committee (CLAC)

As delegate or liaison to CLAC, you are representing the homeowners living in common interest developments (CIDs) in your area, as well as the needs of your local chapter. As a CLAC delegate you will have the chance to determine the CAI-CLAC “position” on certain issues, deciding which bills our resources should be spent on— either in support, or in opposition. As a liaison you will be the one to communicate these positions to your chapter and make sure the channels of communication remain open between CLAC and your local membership.

Origin and Objectives of CLAC

Because state legislation can either positively or adversely affect the operations and governance of community associations, CAI authorizes, encourages and fosters the formation of Legislative Action Committees (LACs) to represent the interests of CAI members with respect to state legislation.

The California Legislative Action Committee currently comprises two CAI member delegates from each of California’s eight CAI chapters; these members are selected at the chapter level. In addition to these delegates, there are currently eight at-large delegates from around the state.

Best efforts are made to balance the representation so as not to have a super-majority of any one type of delegate; i.e., business partners, managers, or homeowners. Each chapter is authorized one liaison, whose basic responsibility it is to communicate CLAC’s positions to the chapter membership and raise funds to meet chapter contribution goals.

CAI-GLAC Delegates are appointed by the Chapter President and President Elect, with the approval of the Chapter Board of Directors, for a two-year term. Two delegates represent the Chapter with staggered terms.

Basic Delegate Qualifications:

  • First consideration is given to nominees from among interested, active, current members of the Chapter’s Legislative Support Committee, or members who have participated on the LSC of any other CAI California chapter, for at least one year prior to seeking nomination. If there are no interested, active, current members of the Chapter LSC, appointment may be made from among other members of the Chapter.

  • Desire to coordinate and execute strategy on matters of public policy in the best interest of Community Associations Institute members.

  • Ability to successfully work closely with others.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality when necessary, especially regarding strategic positions on legislation and other related matters.  

  • Willingness and ability to meet with legislators one-one-one when necessary and represent the interests of CAI members with respect to state legislation.

  • Willingness to devote time to reviewing pending legislation in order to participate in active discussions with fellow delegates.

  • Ability to participate in mandatory monthly two-hour teleconferences with all delegates and liaisons.

  • Commitment to attending Legislative Day at the Capitol in April and CLAC Strategic Planning in October.

  • Willingness to actively serve on bill sub-committees, do research on a certain topic, or help gather information.

Delegate Duties:

  • Review all pending legislation and amendments to collectively take a “position” on each bill.

  • Participate in mandatory monthly two-hour teleconferences with all delegates and liaisons.

  • Attend Legislative Day at the Capitol in April and CLAC Strategic Planning in October.

  • Serve on bill sub-committees.

  • Do research on a certain topic.

  • Help to gather information.

  • Be available to our legislative advocate in Sacramento when necessary.

The CAI-GLAC Liaison is appointed by the Chapter President and President Elect, with the approval of the Chapter Board of Directors, for a two-year term.

Basic Liaison Qualifications:

  • First consideration is given to nominees from among interested, active, current members of the Chapter’s Legislative Support Committee, or members who have participated on the LSC of any other CAI California chapter, for at least one year prior to seeking nomination. If there are no interested, active, current members of the Chapter LSC, appointment may be made from among other members of the Chapter.

  • Has track record of leadership in organizations.

  • Ability to successfully work closely with others.

  • Ability to actively raise funds to meet CLAC annual contribution goals.

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality when necessary, especially regarding strategic positions on legislation and other related matters. 

  • Willingness and ability to meet with legislators one-one-one when necessary and represent the interests of CAI members with respect to state legislation.

  • Ability to speak in front of a large audience.

  • Ability to participate in mandatory monthly two-hour teleconferences with all delegates and liaisons.

  • Commitment to attending CA Day at the Capitol in April and CLAC Strategic Planning in October.

Liaison Duties:

  • Chair Chapter Legislative Support Committee.

  • Participate in mandatory monthly two-hour teleconferences with all delegates and liaisons.

  • Attend Legislative Day at the Capitol in April and CLAC Strategic Planning in October.

  • Develop, implement and periodically review the Chapter's fundraising plan.

  • Meet the annual fundraising goals set for the Chapter by CLAC. The fundraising goals are based upon the number of members in the Chapter as a percentage of CAI members Statewide.

  • Create awareness of legislative issues affecting community associations/common interest developments.

  • Communicate CLAC's decisions to the chapter members at chapter events, in newsletters, to the Chapter Board of Directors, etc.

  • Be available to our legislative advocate in Sacramento during emergency grass roots efforts regarding “hot” bills” whenever necessary.

  • Participate on the CLAC Public Relations Committee, which meets monthly via telephone and is responsible for monitoring all communications that reach beyond the committee level, as well as putting on the Legislative Day at the Capitol every year.


CAI-GLAC's Chapter's CLAC Representatives