Current Government Affairs News

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Missouri Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Fire Sprinkler Mandate

Posted on July 20, 2016

In a victory for Missouri home builders, Governor Nixon finally signed SB 732 into law on July 8, permanently removing the sunset on fire sprinkler legislation.  Missouri Statute already prohibits the state and municipalitie...

Theft at Construction Sites

Posted on July 7, 2016

The Shawnee Police Department held a meeting on June 30 regarding the problem of theft at construction sites.  The city has seen an increase in the number of reported thefts in the past several months and wants to work proac...

OSHA Penalties to Increase by 78%

Posted on July 6, 2016

Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990.  The change is part of a widespread federal penalty adjustment mandated by Congress last year which dictates that the fees must be tie...

Kansas Area Council Summary: Teardowns/Rebuilds

Posted on July 5, 2016

 The increased teardown and rebuild activity in local neighborhoods proved to be a popular topic as more than 70 HBA members attended the June 22nd Kansas Area Council meeting.  Panelists who shared their knowledge of the ...

New Silica Rule in Effect

Posted on June 29, 2016

OSHA’s final rule on crystalline silica went into effect last week on June 23.  It gives the construction industry exactly one year to comply with the new requirements. The rule will apply to a wide range of employers who ...

Missouri Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on May 20, 2016

The Missouri Legislature adjourned Friday, May 13 after a fairly busy session.  It has been defined by what did not pass as much as by the bills that actually reached the Governor’s desk.  Prominent initiatives that faile...

DOL Overtime Rule to Take Effect Dec. 1

Posted on May 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its final overtime rule, which doubles the current overtime salary limit of $23,660 to $47,476.  NAHB strongly condemned the regulation, stating that it will cause major harm t...

Government Regulations Prove Costly for Home Builders

Posted on May 11, 2016

A new NAHB study shows that, on average, government regulations account for 24.3% of the final price of a new single-family home.  Three-fifths of the regulatory costs – 14.6% of the final house price – is due to a highe...

Kansas Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on May 5, 2016

The Kansas Legislature adjourned at 3:28am on Monday, May 2 after its shortest session in 42 years.  The most pressing issues this year were addressing the budget shortfall and handling fluctuating revenue reports.  While l...

Restrictions Loosened Regarding Long-Eared Bat

Posted on May 4, 2016

Last week the National Fish and Wildlife Service determined that it’s “not prudent” to designate any “critical habitat” within the 32-state range of the endangered northern long-eared bat. The decision brings an end...