We had a great coalition put together for Governor Branstad’s Proclamation for Child Safety. Officially it’s March 21, the anniversary of four year old Hannah Geneser’s fatal fall from a second story window in 2011. Our group included representatives from HBAI, Blank Children’s Hospital, area pediatricians, and the Hannah Geneser Foundation. We will continue to work together to build child safety campaigns.
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; passed subcommittee; Support 3/7
HF 219 Eminent Domain; passed house
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 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 2344 Drainage/levee districts/HF 460; 2/25 passed House
HF 2353 Creation of homebuyer savings acct/HSB 638; Support 3/7
HF 2375 Land use restrictions/HSB 573/SSB 3115 2/19 passed com
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 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 2085 Real property enhancement/HF 2057
SF 2091 Co-ownership/SSB 3082; 2/24 passed Senate
SF 2242 Vets home ownership assistance/SSB 3178; Support 3/7
SF 2248 Rural and urban woodlands & trees/SF 2159 2/20 passed com
SF 2256 Redevelopment tax credits/SSB 3050
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 2312 Regulating multi-housing/HSB 583; 2/27 passed Senate
SF 2317 Job training/apprenticeship programs
Bringing Housing Home
We’re on track for a very successful Bringing Housing Home campaign. The photos here are from yesterday’s very successful meeting with Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King, who met with the entire board of directors of the Siouxland HBA in Sioux City. Here is a PDF of the brochure that we’re handing out.
The schedule will also include:
Representative Loebsack – Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers, March 28
Senator Grassley – his Des Moines office,Friday, April 4 – 11 a.m.
Congressman Braley – Cedar Rapids HBA, April ? – it was postponed today…
Please email Jay Iverson if you’d like to participate in the remaining meetings.
Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
We can be proud of our Iowa Congressional Delegation (King did not vote) for the passage of flood insurance legislation late last week. Senator Grassley was initially against it, but thanks to a huge team effort of our grassroots members and staff, it’s now a great victory that will benefit home buyers and home owners. It’s going to provide an important boost to home building and remodeling, and provide financial stability for the National Flood Insurance Program.
We have been working diligently for months to get this important bill over the finish line and it will show tangible results for our industry. This collective effort illustrates the value of membership. The legislation now goes to President Obama to be signed into law. The victory will provide our federation great momentum as builders across the nation meet with their lawmakers in their home districts for Bringing Housing Home. H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), will:
- Provide a more affordable rate structure for policyholders.
- Repeal the requirement that flood insurance premiums increase immediately to full actuarial rates for homes that are sold.
- Create more accurate flood maps.
- Provide reimbursement for successful consumer map appeals.
- Return the “substantial improvement threshold” that triggers a higher flood insurance rate to the historic 50 percent level of a structure’s fair market value.