Ind. considers bill to restrict HOA governance of solar panels | Texas grapples with short-term rental issue | HOAs help cleanup efforts for weed-infested lake
April 23, 2019
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HOA, river authority reach accord in Texas over groundwater pumping
A Texas HOA has reached an agreement with the Lower Colorado River Authority over a permit for the pumping of groundwater. The authority has agreed not to cause annoyances, while the HOA has acknowledged that it will not oppose the permit based on issues not associated with property rights.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (4/17) 
Ind. considers bill to restrict HOA governance of solar panels
A dispute between an Indianapolis HOA and a homeowner over the placement of solar panels could end up changing state law. The Indiana General Assembly is reviewing a bill that would ban HOAs from restricting solar panel placement.
WISH-TV (Indianapolis) (4/17) 
Texas grapples with short-term rental issue
State lawmakers in Texas have filed bills that would prohibit cities from limiting or banning short-term rentals. However, the bills would not affect HOAs' control over short-term rental regulations in their communities. Read more.
HOAs help cleanup efforts for weed-infested lake
HOAs in Washington have been key advocates in the efforts to clean up and protect Loomis Lake, which had been plagued with invasive weeds. HOAs donated money to help, leading to the state offering a $75,000 grant to pay for effective spraying.
Chinook Observer (Long Beach, Wash.) (4/15) 
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
Empower people to solve their own problems
Whenever employees use meetings to vent their frustrations, leaders should show sympathy and ask how they can serve as support and an accountability partner, according to a coach and social worker. "You encourage them to access their own resourcefulness, counteracting some of the helplessness that leads people to vent in the first place," she says.
Quartz (4/15) 
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Ethics and Professional Conduct
That classic novel could make you a better person
People who are emotionally aware can meet challenging situations as an opportunity instead of falling into self-doubt, says a former FBI agent. She notes that emotional intelligence can be learned, and she recommends reading good literature as one way to develop empathy.
SmartBrief/Leadership (4/17) 
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