Senator Jason Holsman’s Senate Bill 109 moves out of Committee

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JEFFERSON CITY — On Wednesday, the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment passed Senate Bill 109. State Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, prefiled SB 109 on Dec. 1, 2016, to address homeowners’ association prohibition on solar energy systems.

Senate Bill 109 would establish guidelines for homeowners seeking to install a solar energy system on their home. The legislation sets out to protect public health and safety, and outlines the roles that both homeowners and their homeowners’ association have in the installation process.

“Homeowners’ associations are an important part of maintaining the value of neighborhoods across the state,” said Sen. Holsman. “But their covenants don’t always keep pace with emerging technologies. This legislation creates statewide compliance standards that would allow homeowners to install solar panels on their homes while preserving the integrity of their neighborhood association.”

Senate Bill 109 must be passed by the full Senate before going to the House for final passage.