HBAI Legislative Recap for 2014
As we release this weekly newsletter, the 2014 Iowa Legislative Session is in its final hours. This session was an interesting series of election year positioning and limited bipartisan cooperation. Recurring news headlines painted graphic attacks on the operation of state government by first highlighting a multitude of issues involving the Governor, more recently focusing on the Department of Administrative Services and the Secretary of State’s office. The Senate Oversight Committee hearings on alleged “secret settlement agreements” monopolized a great deal of legislator time which has extended the session longer than originally predicted.
Overall, progress was made in regard to issues affecting our industry. One of the highlights this legislative session for HBAI was to further establish our association as a community partner by building positive relationships with other associations and industry groups. Additionally, our legislative team monitored all introduced bills in order to adequately defend our profession against undesirable changes in the industry. Your HBA federation membership provides an inside track concerning legislative pitfalls and political responsibility, informing you of movement as it happensat the Capitol. As you are aware, the necessity to stay apprised of policy changes is vital to prevent enactment of restrictive legislation that could adversely affect the building industry.
HBAI monitored over 50 bills this legislative session. Of these pieces, a few of the key initiatives are outlined below:
Taxation: While taxation legislation is more general in nature, the impacts of such policy changes are far reaching, affecting the building industry as well as home owners. HBAI seeks to educate policy makers and the public on issues that will keep Iowa competitive and ensure future generations have the opportunity of home ownership. Property taxes are always at the top of the list. In addition, bills regarding solar energy tax credits, capital gains tax exemption for the sale of small businesses, and housing tax incentives, among others, comprised the landscape this session.
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, creating unnecessary burdens for Iowans. At the state level, positive legislative initiatives like the Homebuyer Savings Account proposal that allows Iowans to contribute to a savings vehicle for purchase of a first home and bills that provide incentives for military veterans align with HBAI’s mission to provide homeownership opportunities to all Iowans. Additionally, our efforts with the National Association of Home Builders resulted in a savings of $6,200 per housing start in 2013.
Statute of Limitations: Attempts to limits the discovery period in a property lawsuit from five years to three years were well received by the legislature this session. The proposed reduction benefits both consumers and homebuilders by encouraging mitigation of a problem much earlier than what is currently happening today. By starting the process earlier the overall damage is reduced, thereby reducing repair time and 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, is an example of how collaboration is working. HBAI partnered with Blank Children’s Hospital, the Iowa Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, the Hannah Geneser Foundation and Governor Branstad to promote child safety.
Inaugural Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Tournament Sponsors
We are so excited about the awesome sponsor participation in our Inaugural Doug Mayo Memorial Golf Tournament – that alone is a great testament to Doug. The field of players is full, as well as the sponsorships. We are still in need of door and raffle prizes though, so if you have any great ideas please contact Jay Iverson as soon as possible. He would be glad to pick up any prizes as he’s out and about. All proceeds will go towards scholarships awarded within our HBAI Educational Corporation to students pursuing the trades. Here are the key sponsors for this first ever event.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Hole in One Sponsor
Deery Brothers (hole #12)
19th Hole/Driving Range
Kitchen & Bath Ideas
Des Moines HBA
Iowa City HBA
Electrical Installations of Iowa
Metro Heating & Cooling
Reynolds & Reynolds
“Pick your Hole” Sponsors
Tari & Linda Dailey
R. M. Madden Construction
Wayne Dalton Doors
Beth Bezdicek: Coldwell Banker
Capital Sanitary Supply
Cascade Manufacturing Co./Weyerhauser
Floor Coverings International
Jake and Amy Ganske
Gary’s Tree Services
Granite, Marble, and Tile Solutions
Jim and Patty Jansen
KCCI TV (hole #8)
Kohles & Bach
Pro Comfort Heating & Cooling
Reynolds & Reynolds
Ten 25 Designs (Cooper Riley)
Top Deck Media
Tyler Homes (Linda Harmeyer)
We Need a Few More Volunteers to Judge the IC Parade Homes
The Greater IC HBA has nine judges recruited, but needs 15. There are 33 entries and the homes are in scattered site locations in Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and Johnson County. Homes range in price from $200,000 to over $1 Million. Representatives that agree to judge for Iowa City Area Parade should not supply product or work directly with our parade builders.
A breakfast is planned at 7:30 am., June 3, 2014, at the River City Beefstro, Coralville in the board room. All judges and drivers will meet at this location. You will be given a few brief instructions and will be assigned a driver to take you to the homes. Packets and guidebooks will be sent after we receive your commitment to participate. Lunch is provided and it should take about half of a day. Hotel arrangements can be made for members traveling a long distance if needed. Please contact Joan directly if you are interested in helping to judge our parade homes. Thanks in advance for helping.
New Issue of Construction Liability and Risk Management Update
The latest issue of NAHB’s Construction Liability and Risk Management Update features information on current legal cases affecting insurance coverage, including what it means to be an “additional insured” and two recent cases concerning California’s right to repair statute.
Also featured in this issue are decisions concerning the statute of repose in Minnesota, worker misclassification in Illinois, OSHA’s multi-employer policy and much, much more. Go to the Construction Liability and Risk Management Update.
May is National Home Remodeling Month
In May, during National Home Remodeling Month, this is your chance to reach out to your local media and consumers with a focus on the benefits of hiring a professional remodeler. Whether it’s tips for why, when and how to choose a professional remodeler, May is the time to celebrate the remodeling industry.
The campaign includes sample social media posts, web banners, press releases, fact sheets and other consumer materials. Members and local remodelers councils can download government proclamations, articles and op-eds, fact sheets and a how-to kit for implementing the campaign. These materials are easily customizable and can be used however you wish. Or follow our simple step-by-step guide to lead you through the campaign. Click here for the entire package.