Legislative Update – Second Funnel Week Now
The happenings at the Statehouse have once again been newsworthy – an assault on a legislator, fireworks, stiffer texting while driving penalties, worker training, and marijuana have all been in the mix. It seems as though everything that is moving through smoothly has wide, bi-partisan support. As promised long before the session began, they are all working to be done as quickly as possible and it’s still shaping up to accomplish that goal. Here is the latest culled list of the bills that we are currently monitoring or working on:
HSB 646 Homestead property tax credit; Support 3/7
HF 572 Statute of limitations/HSB 173; withdrawn; Support
HF 2011 Minimum Wage; Oppose 1/31
HF 2094 Statute of repose/HSB 504; 2/27 passed House
HF 2108 Property tax assessment/HSB 508; 2/12 passed House
HF 2129 Cap gains ex for sale of stock, sm bus/HSB 502; Support 3/7
HF 2230 Vehicle permits/construction permits on ag land/HF 2059; 2/25 passed House
HF 2273 Vehicle registration/levee districts/HSB 605/SSB 3140; 2/25 passed House
HF 2305 Economic development programs/HSB 542/SSB 3129; 2/18 passed com
HF 2317 Veterans homeownership fund/HSB 617; 2/18 passed com; support 2/26
HF 2321 Commercial property tax
HF 2331 Restriction of rental prop/HSB 9/HF 184; 2/17 passed com; support
HF 2344 Drainage/levee districts/HF 460; 2/25 passed House
HF 2353 Creation of homebuyer savings acct/HSB 638; Support 3/7
HF 2373 Hiring preference to vets/HSB 512/HF 2234; 2/19 passed com
HF 2375 Land use restrictions/HSB 573/SSB 3115 2/19 passed com
HF 2391 Energy Improvement; Support 3/7
HF 2408 Excavator notification requirements/HSB 518; 2/18 passed com; oppose 2/26
HF 2410 Exceptions from city zoning regs/HSB 627; 2/25 on calendar
HF 2411 State/local government powers/eminent domain/HF 289; 2/25 on calendar
HF 2412 School radon testing/mitigation grant program
HF 2414 Motor fuel tax
SSB 3071 Forced hiring despite criminal background; Oppose 1/31
SSB 3201 Solar income tax credit
SF 431 Solar income tax credit; passed Senate 2013
SF 2017 Tax exemption wetlands; research more
SF 2034 Tornado resistance infrastructure program/HF 2100
SF 2011 Minimum Wage; Oppose 1/31
SF 2085 Real property enhancement/HF 2057
SF 2091 Co-ownership/SSB 3082; 2/24 passed Senate
SF 2155 Private construction contracts/SSB 3059/HSB 575; 2/24 passed Senate
SF 2191 Financing work drainage districts/SF 2055; 2/25 passed Senate
SF 2242 Vets home ownership assistance/SSB 3178; Support 3/7
SF 2246 Home ownership for military members; Support 3/7
SF2247 Home ownership for military members; Support 3/7
SF 2248 Rural and urban woodlands & trees/SF 2159 2/20 passed com
SF 2256 Redevelopment tax credits/SSB 3050
SF 2260 Minimum wage increase/SSB 3194; 2/21 passed com; oppose 2/26
SF 2262 Radon testing in public schools/SF 2127; 2/21 passed com
SF 2264 Construction managers/public works/SF 2177; Support 3/7
SF 2265 Vehicle registration/levee/SSB 3140/HSB 605/HF 2273; 2/21 passed com
SF 2273 Trustees of ag land in drainage districts/SSB 3172; 2/27 passed Senate
SF 2304 Restriction of rental property/SSB 3068; 2/21 passed com; oppose 2/26
SF 2312 Regulating multi-housing/HSB 583; 2/27 passed Senate
SF 2315 Land use restrictions/SSB 3115/HSB 573/HF 2375; 2/27 passed Senate
SF 2317 Job training/apprenticeship programs
Bringing Housing Home
It’s been a bit of a struggle coordinating schedules for next week’s Bringing Housing Home campaign, but were on the calendar with a few of them. Here is a PDF of the brochure that we’re handing out. Next Wednesday, March 19, the Board of Directors of the HBA of Greater Siouxland will meet with Representative Steve King. A group of us will meet with Senator Grassley in his Des Moines office on Friday, April 4. Congressman Brailey will meet with us on Saturday, April 5 in Cedar Rapids (details to follow). We’re still waiting for the remaining delegation to solidify dates.
Interactive Endangered Species Finder Map – 123 in Iowa
Did you know that NAHB’s exclusive interactive endangered species finder map can save builder members who are engaged in land development roughly $1,500 in consulting fees?
For many of us, this really wouldn’t matter until you read articles like the one that follow this one. If you have any ties to land development, it might be pretty interesting. It’s at the IAMU Training Complex Auditorium in Ankeny on Wednesday March 26, 2014: 9:00 AM to Noon (Free); Optional lunch at noon for $10. To Register Click Here
Who should attend? Certified Rainscapers, those interested in becoming Certified Rainscapers and anyone interested in the Rainscaping Iowa Program. Topics will include Rainscaping projects in Iowa; New design guidelines for bioretention cells and bioswales; Status of revised SQR & Green Roof design guidelines; Opportunities for involvement with State Revolving Fund-Sponsored Projects; Rainscaper certification process; Sign designs, marketing, and networking.
Builders Will Save Average of $6,200/Home Due to NAHB Efforts on ELGs
Home builders will save an average of $6,200 per home on stormwater control costs due to a recent settlement agreement between NAHB and the Wisconsin Home Builders Association and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In accordance with the settlement agreement, EPA has taken final action on rules governing how clean the water running off construction sites after a rainfall must be. The new rules will be published in the Federal Register by March 11.
The Effluent Limitation Guidelines rule replaces EPA’s 2009 attempt to control erosion and sediment. That proposed rule prohibited certain kinds of discharges and limited the amount of dust and dirt allowed in any eventual runoff in what is called the turbidity limit. NAHB economists estimate that this last stipulation regarding runoff would have forced builders to apply additional expensive controls or additives to the water. On average, these controls would have cost $6,200 per each new home constructed.
NAHB’s litigation brought EPA to the settlement table where, after forceful negotiations, the agency backed away from this onerous and costly rule. NAHB successfully argued that there was no scientific basis for the limits, which in some cases could require runoff to be cleaner than the natural state of the rivers and other water bodies near the construction site.
The settlement agreement allowed EPA to enact a new rule that maintains the erosion control requirements, but drops the turbidity limit. The new rule also clarifies some requirements for the benefit of states updating their own stormwater permits, which must be at least as strict as EPA’s national model and must be renewed every five years.