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KCHBA Board Approves 2015 Kansas and Missouri Legislative Agendas

Posted on December 17, 2014

The KCHBA’s Government Affairs Committee met this month to draft the 2015 Kansas and Missouri Legislative Agendas.  Committee Co-chairs Harold Phelps, Phelps Engineering, Inc., and Brenner Holland, Hunt Midwest Real Estate...

Open Dialogue with KCMO Planning and Development Dept. Leads to Improvements

Posted on December 3, 2014

On November 13, 2014, several Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO) builders met with staff from the KCMO Planning and Development Department to discuss a list of building issues.  Topics included recent double inspections, the incre...

KCMO Passes New Ordinance Impacting Anyone Excavating in the Right of Way

Posted on November 13, 2014

On November 6, the KCMO City Council passed Ordinance No. 140477 requiring anyone who requests an excavation permit to designate a “Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager” or “QAM” for the project. The QAM must con...

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...