Current Government Affairs Issues

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

OSHA’s Use of Drones: What Builders Need to Know

Posted on May 15, 2019

Over the last several years, the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems — commonly called drones — has grown exponentially. It is predicted that by the year 2021 commercial drone use in the United States will expand tenfold. Dr...

New EPA Guidance Says Groundwater Discharges Do Not Require Permits

Posted on May 13, 2019

EPA released interpretive guidance on April 16 to clarify whether groundwater pollution that eventually reaches federally regulated traditional navigable waters — e.g., seas, rivers, lakes — requires a permit under the Na...

Last Chance to Weigh in on WOTUS – Comments Due April 15

Posted on April 10, 2019

NAHB is urging members and HBAs to voice support for the proposed new definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) by submitting comment letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps ...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Help Ease Labor Shortages

Posted on March 15, 2019

Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) and Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) have introduced the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act, legislation that would help alleviate the worker shortage in the construction industry by establishing a ...

NAHB Highlights KCHBA in Article “BUILD-PAC Fundraisers Get Creative”

Posted on March 4, 2019

In a recent article about creative fundraising, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlighted KCHBA's cake decorating Build-PAC fundraiser at the Kansas City Culinary Center last spring. "Of the more than 10...

KCHBA Members Provide Comments During Public Hearing on WOTUS Rule

Posted on February 28, 2019

The Trump administration’s latest proposal to revise the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition has been well received by many throughout the industry. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps o...

KC Falling Behind in Homes Priced $225,000 to $275,000

Posted on February 5, 2019

With a shortage of homes available and those homes commanding higher prices, many prospective buyers are being priced out of the market. In fact, as of Q2 2018, 77 percent of prospective buyers nationwide could afford fewer t...

NAHB Hosting Lumber Webinar, Nov. 14

Posted on November 12, 2018

The recent import tariffs on lumber from Canada have generated higher interest among many builders in importing lumber from other countries that may or may not have properly graded the imported wood for structural use. Gradin...

Free Webinar Explores Enforcement of OSHA Silica Rule

Posted on November 1, 2018

NAHB is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 8, Lessons Learned: OSHA Silica Rule 1 Year After Implementation, that will look at how the agency has been enforcing its new Respirable Crystalline Silica in Constructi...