Weekly Update: February 27, 2014

Monitored Legislation that Survived Funnel Week

Last week was funnel week at the Statehouse and many of the items that we were following died or changed around. Here is the latest culled list of the bills that we are currently monitoring or working on:

HF 572            Statute of limitations/HSB 173 (passed house in 2013) – support

HF 2108           Property tax assessment/HSB 508 (2/12 passed house)

HF 2230           Vehicle permits/const permits/HF 2059 (2/25 passed house)

HF 2273           Vehicle regist/levee districts/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

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 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 2408           Excavator notification requirements/HSB 518 (2/18 passed com) – against

HF 2410           Exceptions from city zoning regs/HSB 627 (2/21 passed com)       

SF 431             Solar income tax credit (passed Senate 2013)

SF 2017           Tax exemption wetlands

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 2260            Min. wage increase/SSB 3194 (2/21 passed com) -against

SF 2262            Radon testing in public schools/SF 2127 (2/21 passed com)

SF 2264            Construction managers/public works/SF 2177 (2/21 passed com)

SF 2265            Vehicle regist/levee/SSB 3140/HSB 605/HF 2273 (2/21 passed com)

SF 2273            Trustees of ag land in dranage districts/SSB 3172 (2/21 passed com)

SF 2304            Restriction of rental property/SSB 3068 (2/21 passed com) – against

SF 2312            Regulating multi-housing/HSB 583(2/21 passed com)

SF 2315            Land use restrictions/SSB 3115/HSB 573 (2/21 passed com)

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Hole Sponsors Needed for HBAI EC Inaugural Doug Mayo Golf Outing

hba-iowa-doug-mayo-scholarshipThe support has been overwhelming for our inaugural Doug Mayo Memorial Scholarship golf outing set for June 27 – nearly all of the sponsorships are sold and there are only a few spots for foursomes available. We do need quite a few more hole sponsors though. They are $150 if you want to be the exclusive sponsor or $100 if you don’t mind sharing. Please email Jay Iverson as soon as possible to be added to the list.



HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson discussed NAHB and HBAI issues with U.S. Congressional Candidate David Young, who is running for the third district spot in Iowa currently held by Tom Latham.  They talked about a number of NAHB and HBAI issues.  Young served as Senator Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff for many years.

Be Very Proud of Iowa and Area 10

While we were at the IBS, our Region 10 group got together and kicked butt with the BUILD-PAC Olympic Games. A big part of it came from Iowa. Congratulations Areas 10 (1st place), 5 (2nd place) and 3 (3rd place) for going above and beyond to recruit new BUILD-PAC contributors and encourage existing members to upgrade their donor clubs!  Area 10 alone raised almost $30,000! 


Join the BUILD-PAC Community!

During IBS, BUILD-PAC launched a new brochure highlighting NAHB advocacy efforts, why YOU should consider a contribution to BUILD-PAC and how becoming a part of the BUILD-PAC community helps strengthen the foundation of the housing industry.  Click here to view, or print, a copy of the new brochure.

Donate online by clicking here and then selecting “Make a Donation to BUILD-PAC” on the left hand side (login required). Mail your personal check (payable to BUILD-PAC) or credit card information to 1201 15th St, NW, Washington, DC, to the attention of Katie Oehmen or Charles Liuzzo. OR contactBUILD-PAC staff today and they can take your credit card information over the phone.

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

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