Posts Categorized: HBA Iowa Weekly Updates

Weekly Update: March 30, 2017

Call to Action:  HF586 Mechanic’s Liens – Vote NO!
Ready to File a COW Notice as a Supplier or Self Performer?  If Not, Act Fast
With this change, all general contractors/direct contractors will have to post the commencement of work notice, notifying owners of subcontractor rights, within 10 days or otherwise their lien rights are forever lost. This makes no sense for those of you who supply direct or other contractors who self-perform with no subcontractors to file these notices.
This is on the fast track – voted unanimously yesterday by the Senate Commerce Committee to move forward.  It’s very substantive – it’s not a clean up the language sort of bill at all.  It changes everything.  We need for you to reach out and encourage them to vote no.
To find out which senators from your district that you need to reach out to, click here.  This is a new burden on you, far beyond the “it’s only five minutes online and $7” – the main argument in favor of it.  Here is more background – contact your respective senator and personalize it with any of the following information:
 
Explanation:
The Iowa House unanimously passed HF586 regarding “financial matters” on March 22 – section 4 of …
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Weekly Update: March 9, 2017

Iowa Senate Passes Statute of Repose Reduction Yesterday
We are really excited to report that the Statute of Repose reduction (SF413) has passed the Iowa Senate last night by a vote of 32 to 16.  All of the amendments offered were party line votes, but when all was said and done it passed overwhelmingly 32 to 16.  The democrats voting in favor included Senator Allen (Jasper); Senator Bowman (Polk); Senator Kinney (Johnson); and Senator McCoy (Polk).
Commercial will be eight years and residential was saddled with an amendment earlier by the Iowa House to make it ten years, which is comparable to a majority of other states.  There was much debate from Senate Democrats on keeping it at 15 years or having public buildings remain at 15 years to protect the taxpayer and the children.  We have long argued that the public buildings are the worst violators of maintenance issues.  For instance, a school will use funds in the classroom long before they would repair a roof.  Now on to the House.
Contact Your Representatives for HF3 Statute of Repose
We are not expecting problems in the Iowa House, but it wouldn’t hurt to follow up with House members.  You can find your local …
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