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Meeting with U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder

Posted on August 14, 2015

The HBA recently had an opportunity to sit down with U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder to discuss Waters of the US, a rule produced by the EPA to drastically expand jurisdiction over what bodies of water are subject to agen...

New Kansas City Parkway and Boulevard Standards

Posted on July 29, 2015

On July 23, the KCMO City Council passed new Parkway and Boulevard standards as put forth by city planner Jeffrey Williams.  The Parks and Recreation Department proposed the initial ordinance, but it drew criticism from deve...

DOL Proposed Changes to Overtime Pay

Posted on July 17, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor released a draft regulation on June 30 that would increase the regular overtime salary threshold from the current $23,660 to $50,440.  NAHB estimates more than 110,000 construction supervisors in...

KCMO General Election Results

Posted on July 1, 2015

The Kansas City General Election for Mayor and new City Council members took place on June 23, 2015.  The results are listed below: Mayor: Sly James* (Incumbent) 1st District At-Large: Scott Wagner* (Incumbent...

Missouri 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on June 26, 2015

The 98th General Assembly adjourned on May 16th after an unusual session filled with tragedy, scandal, and rarely used parliamentary procedures that effectively shut down the Senate.  Few bills actually made it through the...

Kansas 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Posted on June 26, 2015

June 12, 2015 marked the last day of the Kansas legislative session.  It lasted a record-breaking 113 days, the last few weeks of which were spent attempting to balance the state budget, containing an $800 million deficit. ...

Kansas Sales Tax: Transition Provision for Construction Contracts

Posted on June 26, 2015

The Kansas sales tax increase from 6.15% to 6.5% that takes effect July 1, 2015, contains a special transition provision for construction contracts.  When applied for and properly documented before July 10, 2015, the provisi...

NAHB and KCHBA Encourage Members to Participate in OSHA Safety Stand-Down – May 3-15, 2015

Posted on May 6, 2015

The National Association of Home Builders and Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City are encouraging members to participate in the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Safety Stand Down for ...

Urge Your U.S. Representative to Vote for H.R. 1732

Posted on April 29, 2015

Proposed EPA/U.S. Army Corps Regulation Would Delay Development Background The Clean Water Act (CWA) provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with jurisdiction to p...

New Mortgage Disclosure Rules

Posted on April 23, 2015

Panel Discussion – June 16, 10 am-11:30 am, lunch included. The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule goes into effect on AUGUST 1, 2015.  The Disclosure Rule mandates new disclosure forms be provided to borrowers applyin...