Current Government Affairs News

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NLRB Ruling Potentially Harmful to Home Builders

Posted on September 2, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a ruling that changes the long-held definition of joint employers.  The decision expands the current standard, which requires an employer to actually exercise the authority ...

WOTUS Update

Posted on August 28, 2015

Yesterday a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction to stop the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) from taking effect in 13 states, including Missouri.  The rule, which would allow the EPA and U.S. Army Co...

HBA for Patent Reform

Posted on August 24, 2015

Earlier this summer KCHBA joined the national coalition “United for Patent Reform” in support of federal patent trolling legislation.  Patent trolls, which bring frivolous lawsuits against businesses while not actually m...

Gardner Visits the HBA

Posted on August 18, 2015

Today’s Board Meeting featured a short presentation about residential building from the city of Gardner, Kansas.  Mayor Chris Morrow, City Administrator Cheryl Harrison-Lee, and Business and Economic Development Director L...

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. ...