Current Government Affairs Issues

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

Kansas Election Wrap Up

Posted on November 22, 2016

Earlier this year, Kansas observed a record number of incumbent legislators ousted by moderate candidates in the primary election.  Most of those moderate Republicans and a handful of new Democrats were then officially voted...

Businesses be Ready: Overtime Rule Kicks in Dec. 1

Posted on November 16, 2016

Small home building firms and other businesses need to be prepared as the Department of Labor’s final rule to double the overtime salary limit from $23,660 to $47,476 will take effect on Dec. 1. It is uncertain what the ...

HUD Proposes Expanded Floodplain Rules for FHA-Financed Loans

Posted on November 4, 2016

HUD has proposed new floodplain development rules that threaten access to FHA financing for single- and multifamily builders and rely on floodplain maps that haven’t been drawn yet. For nearly 40 years, federal floodplai...

NAHB Challenges Flawed WOTUS Rule

Posted on November 4, 2016

NAHB and its industry partners today presented their first brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that challenges the Waters of the U.S. rule. “The Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay of the Wate...

Distribute This Guide for Better Building Code Votes

Posted on November 4, 2016

The dust is clearing after a week-long marathon of building and energy code votes in Kansas City, Mo., when building officials, product manufacturers, civil engineers and even a few home builders testified on nearly 2,000...

EPA to Begin Surveying Remodelers, Contractors About Lead

Posted on November 4, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon begin surveying a select group of remodelers and other contractors, as well as property managers and lessors of public and commercial buildings regarding lead-safe work ...

Vote for Housing on Nov. 8

Posted on November 1, 2016

The importance of the General Election on November 8 cannot be overstated. Below is a list of candidates that have received campaign support from the HBA-PAC during the election process. When you visit the polls, make sure y...

NAHB Endorses Senator Roy Blunt

Posted on November 1, 2016

HBA members and friends gathered on Oct. 26 to announce NAHB’s endorsement of Missouri Senator Roy Blunt.  Despite a long history of not endorsing congressional candidates, NAHB broke with tradition this year to recog...

ICC Code Hearings Held in Kansas City

Posted on November 1, 2016

The 2016 ICC Annual Conference and Group B Public Comment Hearings took place in Kansas City from October 16-25 at Bartle Hall.  The conference featured a Building Safety & Design Expo, education sessions, and drone cla...

Eric Greitens Visits the HBA

Posted on November 1, 2016

Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens visited the HBA on Oct. 20 to meet with members and discuss his ongoing campaign.  Greitens also spoke about his proposals for reforming the culture in Jefferson City and imp...