Current Government Affairs News

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

Consequences of the DOL Overtime Rule

Posted on May 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been working to revise current overtime laws, releasing a draft regulation last year that would increase the federal overtime salary threshold from the current $23,660 to $50,440.  The ...

Minor Increases for KC Water Permits

Posted on April 28, 2016

New prices for meters and permits are set to take effect May 2, 2016 in the Kansas City Water Services Department.  This is the first increase in several years, and the changes are relatively minor.  The chart below shows ...

Missouri Legislative Day

Posted on April 19, 2016

On Tuesday, April 5, HBA members and staff traveled to Jefferson City for Missouri Legislative Day, an annual trip to the Capitol to meet face to face with state legislators.  The day provides an opportunity to maintain rela...

Kansas Area Council: An Update on Johnson County

Posted on March 24, 2016

Over 50 HBA members gathered on March 23 at the Brookridge Country Club for the first quarter Kansas Area Council meeting.  Speakers included Mark Wassom, the new Chief Building Official of Olathe and Ed Eilert, Chairman of ...

HBA Host OSHA Training Course

Posted on March 14, 2016

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Compliance Officer Todd Sieleman recently led a three-hour training course at the HBA.  He discussed local findings by OSHA as well as current regulations, enforcement, and upcom...

Congressman Cleaver Visits KCHBA

Posted on March 14, 2016

As part of Bringing Housing Home™, members of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City met on Friday, March 11 with Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) to talk about issues important to the homebuilding i...

Get on the Bus!

Posted on March 14, 2016

Missouri Legislative Day If you work or own a business in Missouri, save the date to attend the annual Missouri Legislative Day in Jefferson City. This event provides an important opportunity for HBA members to meet face-to-...

Kansas Legislative Day

Posted on February 1, 2016

On Wednesday, January 27, KCHBA and other members of the Kansas Building Industry Association (KBIA) gathered in Topeka for Kansas Legislative Day.  The day served as an important opportunity to meet with legislators face-to...

Sign-Up for Kansas Legislative Day

Posted on January 7, 2016

The 2016 Kansas Legislative Session begins Monday and this allegedly “quiet” session is already looking like it could be very interesting.  It is important that homebuilders retain a strong presence in the Capitol, espec...

Preparing for the 2016 Kansas Legislative Session

Posted on November 20, 2015

The most significant action on the Kansas side this year will revolve around the issues of budget and taxation.  The state continues to struggle with a significant budget gap, meaning all deductions, exemptions, and credits ...