Weekly Update: February 20, 2014

Funnel Week – A wild Frenzy

This is funnel week at the Statehouse – all sorts of information will be known upon the conclusion. Here is a list of the bills that we are currently monitoring or working on:

HSB 518          Excavator notification requirements (2/12 11:30 am HL)

HSB 542          Economic develop programs/SSB 3129 (2/6 passed sub)

HSB 573          Land use restrictions/SSB 3115 (2/6 9 passed sub)

HSB 575          Private construction contracts/SSB 3059 (2/6 didn’t pass sub)

HSB 583          Regulating multi-housing/SSB3134

HSB 617          Veterans homeownership fund

HSB 627          Exceptions from city zoning regs

HSB 638          First time homebuyer savings account

HSB 646          Homestead property tax increase


HF 184             Restriction of rental prop/HSB 9 (2/17 passed com) – support

HF 460             Drainage/levee districts (1/29 passed sub)

HF 572             Statute of limitations/HSB 173 – support

HF 2010           Common interest com (1/30 dead) – against 1/31

HF 2011           Hourly wage increase – against 1/31

HF 2048           Eminent domain

HF2052            Educational requirements for heating licensing (1/30 dead)

HF 2057           Real property enhancement/SF 2085

HF 2094           Statute of repose

HF 2100           Tornado resistance infrastructure program

HF 2108           Property tax assessment/HSB 508

HF 2146           RISE funds for highway access

HF 2147           Excise tax on motor fuel

HF 2152           Radon testing in public schools

HF 2230           Vehicle permits/const permits/HF 2059 (2/11 passed com)

HF 2234           Hiring preference to vets/HSB 512

HF 2261           Wage rates

HF 2273           Vehicle regist/levee districts/SSB 3140 (2/11 passed com)

HF 2292           Minimum wage increase

HF 2298           Silica sand moratorium


SSB 3068         Restriction of rental property – support 1/31

SSB 3071         Hiring rights criminals over 10 yrs – against 1/31

SSB 3115         Land use restrictions/HSB 573

SSB 3129         Econ develop programs/HSB 542 (2/12 passed sub)

SSB 3134         Regulating multi-housing/HSB 583

SSB 3140         Vehicle regist/levee districts/HSB 605/HF 2273 (2/13 passed sub)

SSB 3172         Trustees of ag land in dranage districts

SSB 3178         Home ownership assistance for military members

SSB 3194         Minimum wage increase


SF 431             Solar income tax credit

SF 2003           Rural improvement zones (2/11 dead)

SF 2017           Tax exemption wetlands

SF 2039           Min wage increase – against 1/31

SF 2085           Real property enhancement/HF 2057

SF 2091           Co-ownership/SSB 3082 (2/3 passed com)

SF 2127           Radon testing in public schools

SF 2155           Private construction contracts/SSB 3059/HSB 575 (2/11 passed com)

SF 2159           Woodland health

SF 2171           Employ of unauthorized aliens

SF 2177           Construction managers for public works projects

SF 2191           Financing work drainage districts/SF 2055 (2/13 passed com)


Bringing Housing Home

Sometime after mid-March, we will “Bring Housing Home” as a part of the legislative conference designed for members to engage their federal legislators at home in their congressional districts. Spring break is scheduled during the NAHB Spring Meetings, so federal legislators will most likely be on home turf. This is not unique for Iowa – we have done this in the past (call us a trendsetter) – and it provides a unique opportunity for NAHB members to show federal lawmakers the economic power of the housing industry and to take the concerns of the home building community directly to their representatives and senators. It will also allow members who do not normally participate in the national board meetings or annual legislative conference to make their voices heard. Stay tuned in for the specifics as we get closer.

Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Update

Wow, Doug’s legacy shines as so many people step up to make sure that this inaugural golf outing June 27 is a success. This is not an all inclusive list – there are other commitments, but this is the list as of yesterday. Just as important is the fact that we are nearly sold out for golfing too. Click here for a registration flyer.  Here are a few star members who committed early on:


Event Sponsor $2500

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Vehicle Sponsor $1,000+

Deery Brothers

19th Hole/Driving Range $1,000

Kitchen & Bath Ideas

Prize Sponsor $750

Hubbell Homes
Bell Brothers
Des Moines HBA
T&S Construction
Prairie Pella
Clarity Construction

Social Sponsor $500

Iowa City HBA

Beverage Sponsor $250

Reynolds & Reynolds
Electrical Installations of Iowa
Lundy Decorating
Metro Heating & Cooling

Exclusive Hole Sponsorship $150

Tari & Linda Dailey             

Hole Sponsor $100 – Plenty of opportunity to sponsor a hole still

Gary’s Tree Service
Ames HBA
Beth Bezdicek: Coldwell Banker
Bankers Trust
Furman Corparation
Cable Plumbing
Cascade Manufacturing

Membership Advantage Discounts

Exclusive discounts are one of the many benefits to your HBA membership – in the past three years, members have saved more than $25 million through the program. Click here for a list and start taking advantage today. 



Weekly Update: February 13, 2014


Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (left to right) meets with HBAI President Drew Retz, Tari Dailey, Mike Farr, and Doug Kohoutek yesterday at the Capitol.

Most Regions Meet with Key Legislators

In a rare moment when all the stars align, we had an excellent HBAI Legislative Day. It was a little shaky with the snowy weather right at the beginning, but our participants were able to meet with most of their area senators and representatives. It was nice to build and maintain those relationships without being at odds over any issues in particular. We presented a brochure containing our talking points. Click here for a copy of it. Our issues included:

Taxation: The membership of the HBAI appreciates the legislature and Governor’s successful 2013 session, which included property tax relief for Iowans. HBAI seeks to educate policy makers and the public on issues that will keep Iowa competitive and to ensure that future generations of Iowans have the opportunity of economic prosperity through home ownership. 

Housing Affordability: Our members are true patriots for housing affordability-they are small business owners under constant attack through unnecessary code changes and increased government regulation. These proposals drive up the cost of home ownership, which keeps Iowans trapped in less-efficient, less-safe existing housing. Our efforts with the National Association of Home Builders resulted in a savings of $6,200 per housing start in 2013. Policy makers must be able to review proposed and existing regulations to confirm that they do not inhibit our housing affordability.

Statute of Limitations (HF572):  It is very important to note that this bill is not related to, nor does it impact, the Statute of Repose (HF2094) bill.  The proposed reduction from five years to a three year discovery period is very important to the consumer because the earlier that problem mitigation begins, the less overall damage there will be, reducing repair time, loss of use of the home, and a positive economic impact by reducing their insurance rates.

 Collaboration: We enthusiastically keep ahead of safety, energy, and health issues. As the industry evolves we prefer to collaborate and work within the market, rather than constantly change Iowa Code. Window fall protection, which has been in the news and in front of the legislature for the past few years, would be an example of how collaboration is working. Rather than duplicate Iowa Code, we are working with Blank Children’s Hospital, the Iowa Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, the Hannah Geneser Foundation and Governor Branstad to promote child safety.


First HBAI BOD Meeting at New Office

Our first HBAI Board of Directors meeting in the new offices worked out great. We were able to walk to the Capitol and it all seemed to come together very well. Great Caterers of Iowa provided great food for breakfast and lunch.

Health Care Help for Housing Professionals

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes full effect, housing professionals have questions about its impact on businesses and employees. One of the largest concerns is the potential for penalties.

Join NAHB for the How to Avoid Paying Penalties Under Health Reform Webinar, Wednesday, February 19, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET. We will help you understand the new mandates in the law requiring you to have health coverage and the possible penalties if you forgo health insurance. This webinar is free to NAHB members. Topics include mandates and penalties, exchanges – Individual and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), and tips for meeting coverage requirements. Register Now! 

Inaugural Doug Mayo Golf Invitational

hbaiowa-3We haven’t formally released all of the information on the inaugural Doug Mayo Golf Invitational set for June 27, but it will be sold out in the next few weeks. A tsunami of support is upon us, everyone seems to want to be involved. Click here for the official flyer


NAHB Urges OSHA to Withdraw Silica Rule

On Tuesday, NAHB requested that OSHA withdraw a proposed rule that would drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry.

The rule also requires impractical medical surveillance of construction industry workers, extensive and costly recordkeeping processes, and restrictions on certain construction site work practices, which contradict existing safety procedures.

OSHA has determined that a rule is needed to substantially reduce the risk of serious disease from exposure to airborne concentrations of silica dust. This, however, runs contrary to data from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows a sharp decline in the incidences of silicosis in recent decades. To date, OSHA has not explained how drastically lowering the PEL will effectively reduce the current number of silica-related illnesses and deaths.

As such, NAHB is recommending that OSHA use the existing PEL for silica in construction until a comprehensive study demonstrates that the PEL must be made lower for legitimate health reasons. NAHB has also advised OSHA to focus mandated control methods on silica-generating tasks – within the construction industry – that have been proven by silica exposure monitoring data to generate high levels of silica exposure above the existing PEL.

In addition to the drastic 80 percent reduction in the PEL, NAHB believes the rule is economically and technologically unfeasible for the industry to comply with. OSHA has estimated that the rule will cost the industry approximately $511 million to implement, however, analyses show that this number is grossly underestimated. Economic analysts estimate the cost to be closer to $2.2 billion per year, and likely to increase given the present state of the economy.