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Weekly Update: May 4, 2017

  The Iowa Building Code Advisory Council met last Tuesday at the Iowa Department of Public Safety Building.  No major changes are on the immediate horizon, but the 2018 code set is due to be released late this Summer.  From left to right:  Rich Bolten (Iowa Building Code Commissioner), new Building Code Department staff member, new Council member Kari Sebern (Sebern Structural Services), David Kuhn (Urbandale Building Inspector), Chairman Mark Reetz (Homes by Fleetwood), Don Beal (Beal Development), Marsha Bannister (Homeworks Realty), and Ljerka Vasiljevic (Deputy Building Code Commissioner).  Participating on the phone were Scott Webster (Premier Custom Homes) and Amy Infelt (Design Engineers).  Non-members in the room were John Easter from the American Chemistry Council and HBAI EO Jay Iverson.  Thanks to the fine group of HBAI members who participate!
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Weekly Update: April 27, 2017

   We had a great time at the 30th Annual Fort Dodge HBA steak fry last week.  They served over 400 steaks!  It’s a very well attended event.  2017 HBAI President Tim Ruth (on left), Associate National Director Mike Farr (second from left), and HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson joined the group for the evening’s festivities.  There will be a housing boom there as 2,000 new jobs come to the area.
 
2017 HBA Iowa Legislative Recap
The 2017 Iowa Legislative session closed Saturday, April 22 after an all-night marathon.  Big issues like water quality, cannabis, and budget issues were still being worked on as they tried to find common ground before calling the session’s end.  Early in the session, lawmakers shortened the session by ten days to save some money and the per diem ended April 18.
Everyone had hoped for a smooth and easy session with Republicans controlling the House, Senate, and Governor’s office – such was not the case and much lower than expected revenues further complicated things.  Overall it was a monumental undertaking – with issues like abortion, tax relief, mental health and education funding, collective bargaining, medical marijuana, etc.
It was a great session for members of the Home Builders …
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