Current Government Affairs Issues

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

OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements

Posted on September 24, 2014

On Thursday, September 11, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule that requires employers to notify the agency within 8 hours of a work-related fatality and withi...

Urge Your Senator to Pass Housing Finance Reform NOW!

Posted on September 6, 2014

There are only a dozen legislative days left before Congress adjourns for the November elections.  But there is still time to contact your U.S. Senators to urge them to support S. 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpaye...

HBA Submits Comments to KCMO City Hall and Public Works Department on Proposed Excavation Ordinance

Posted on July 1, 2014

The HBA submitted comments today in opposition to proposed Ordinance No. 140447 arguing that it would create unnecessary or redundant regulation that would only serve to delay home building.  The proposal would require anyon...

This Fourth of July Week, NAHB Urges Members to Call their U.S. Senators on Housing Finance Reform

Posted on July 1, 2014

NAHB encourages all HBA members to contact their U.S. Senators to urge them to support Senate Bill 1217, the Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2014.  The Senate Banking Committee approved S.B. 1217 with b...

HBA-PAC Hosts BUILD-PAC Fundraiser

Posted on July 1, 2014

The HBA’s Political Action Committee (HBA-PAC) hosted a BUILD-PAC fundraiser on June 18 at the home of Stan and Nancy Woodworth.  We are working to double the fundraising goal in the 2014 election cycle in an effort to kee...

Kansas Legislature Passes Bill to Phase Out the Mortgage Registration Fee/Tax

Posted on July 1, 2014

In the final hours of the veto session, the legislature passed a bill (HB 2643) to phase out the Mortgage Registration Tax (MRT) over a period of 5 years (the original legislation would have eliminated the MRT upon enactment)...

Effort Underway in Kansas to Eliminate the Mortgage Registration Fee/Tax

Posted on November 8, 2013

The Kansas Bankers Association is planning a push during the next legislative session in Kansas to eliminate the Mortgage Registration Fee (also referred to as the Mortgage Registration Tax). The mortgage registration fee is...

OSHA Compliance Alert

Posted on November 8, 2013

Employers Must Train Employees on Workplace Hazards by December 1, 2013 Last year OSHA revised its Hazard Communications Standard (HCS) to bring the U.S. into alignment with global classification and labeling standards on ...

Blue Springs Residents Will Vote on Sales Tax Increase to Fund Parks

Posted on November 8, 2013

There will be a special election on Tuesday, November 5 for registered voters in Blue Springs to consider a sales tax increase for the purpose of providing funds for city parks. The funds could go towards building a new recr...

The City of Lee’s Summit Adopts New Building Code

Posted on November 8, 2013

The Lee’s Summit City Council adopted the 2012 International Building Code with amendments at its meeting on October 3, 2013. The 2012 Energy Conservation Code was not proposed for consideration at the meeting. The effect...