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Weekly Update: August 28, 2014

IBS Registration Opens September 2
Put it on your calendar now – January 20-22, 2015 is the largest light construction show in the world, the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas. Registration opens up next week,September 2. Click here to check it out.
   This mega-event will bring together more than 125,000 builders, general contractors, remodelers, designers, flooring professionals, as well as product specifiers from around the globe. The 2015 show will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors over 500,000 net square feet.
   Your IBS registration provides entry to four other exhibit floors from Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23, 2015:

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)
International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE)
Las Vegas Market
The International Surface Event (TISE)

Iowa Has Room Block at Bally’s
   We put together a room block at Bally’s for our Iowa contingency. We always have a group stay at the Golden Nugget downtown, but Bally’s has the monorail system right there and it’s on NAHB’s bus shuttle service too. It’s also $69 per night for a pretty decent place. Make your plans starting after Labor Day.

Group photo time with Iowa First District Congressional Candidate Joni Ernst.  From left to right, Jerry Cable Sr., Drew Retz, Glenn Siders, Rich Fitch, Creighton Cox, Mike Farr, and Jay Iverson.

 
Cars, Cocktails & …
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Weekly Update: May 8, 2014

2014 HBAI Legislative Affairs Committee Review
Here are some interesting statistics from this past legislative session, provided by Legislative Chairman Glenn Siders (Iowa City).

The Session opened January 13, 2014. The House adjourned 109 days later on May 1. The Senate adjourned Friday 110 days later on May 2.
The Committee shared a total of 15 votes: Ames 1; Cedar Rapids 2; Des Moines 3; Dubuque 1; Fort Dodge 1; Iowa City 2; Northeast 1; Northwest 1; Quad Cities 2; and Sioux City 1.
The Committee had 11 calls, averaging 36 minutes in length, and we averaged 12.5 members.
The Committee reviewed 94 bills that included 10 carried over from the 2013 Session. It also included bills that changed from a study bill to a numbered bill.
The Committee took positions on 18 bills, supporting 11 and opposing 7. The average vote cast per position was 8.2 and all votes were unanimous.

It was a relatively quiet year as far as legislation directly impacting the building/development industry. Some of the highlights included:

Radon legislation was reduced to schools only. The residential component was removed.
Window Fall Protection legislation was re-orchestrated and good future alliances were formed.
Mechanics Lien legislation was thwarted.

 
Ames HBA Membership Meeting

    Iowa State Football Coach Paul …
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