Legislative Advocacy

HBA Meets with Senator Wasson and Representative Hough

During the HBA Political and Legislative Advocacy committee meeting on December 17, we were joined by State Senator Jay Wasson and State Representative Lincoln Hough to discuss the upcoming Legislative Session beginning January 6, 2016. Priorities that each legislative body will be working on include: transportation infrastructure fixes, ethics reform, the state budget, and a ... Read More

VOTE on April 7th, 2015 - Average Voter Turnout 9-15%

Once again another election is upon us. With the average turnout for municipal elections between 9%-15%, it seems that most voters don’t care. Unfortunately, that is the wrong attitude. In fact, local officials have more impact on your daily lives than you might realize. They determine regulations for business, ordinances that govern its citizens, and ... Read More

Members Talk Housing to State Legislators

A group of builder members and associate Coalition Advocacy Investors hopped on a bus earlier this month to talk housing with area legislators in the Capitol. There are currently dozens of bills being monitored by the HBA of Missouri's lobbyist, Jewell Patek of Patek & Associates. Senator Bob Dixon (District 30) updated HBA members regarding the ... Read More

Greene County Posts Public Hearings for 2012 Code Adoption

Throughout 2012, your Regulatory Advocacy Committee has been meeting with code officials throughout the region regarding adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code. One of our top priorities has been discussion regarding the cost effectiveness of the new energy chapter requirements of the 2012 IRC. Many jurisdictions have been very responsive to amending out the ... Read More

Congressman Long Hears From Housing Industry at Expo

Seventh District Congressman Billy Long visited with HBA small business members at the Remodeling Expo on Friday, October 12. Long especially wanted to hear from HBA Remodelers regarding legislation he is co-sponsoring at the federal level to make much-needed improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead: Repair, Renovation and Painting (LRRP) rule. H.R. 5911, the Lead Exposure ... Read More

Regulatory Watch: Springfield’s E-Verify Mandate No Longer In Place

The City of Springfield has reached an agreement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the City’s controversial E-Verify ordinance approved by voters in February. It essentially nullifies the mandate requiring all employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring. The plaintiffs contended that the ordinance, proposed by the Ozarks Minutemen and passed by initiative ... Read More

Wanted: More Rooftops in Rogersville

The City of Rogersville is focused on its future…and boosting residential building is fundamental to its economic development strategy.  “We want to attract more retail options for our residents,” said Rogersville Mayor Jack Cole. “That will generate more tax revenue, new jobs and more convenient shopping in the immediate area. We know retail follows rooftops ... Read More

Rally for Home Ownership September 25 in Kansas City

HOMEOWNERSHIP IS UNDER ATTACK! Local economies have suffered from the slowdown in home construction, and home buyers and owners face difficulties getting access to affordable mortgage loans and avoiding foreclosure in today’s distressed environment. What’s worse, policymakers are considering scaling back the mortgage interest deduction, imposing more requirements on borrowers and letting the foreclosure crisis deepen. Want to do something? ... Read More

KY3: Drought Conditions Could Affect New Home Construction

KY3's Jay Scherder reported Tuesday (8/28) on the increasing threat drought conditions potentially pose to economic development in the region. As water supply drops nearer 60%, 55%, or 50% of capacity, increasingly severe restrictions automatically kick in for customers of City Utilities of Springfield. At the most severe restriction level, no new water customers would ... Read More

SBJ: 2012 Business Advocate of the Year - HBA of Greater Springfield

The Springfield Business Journal recognized the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield with its 2012 Economic Impact Award as "Business Advocate of the Year" at the annual Economic Impact Awards Banquet on July 19. The award recognizes an organization that has had a profound positive economic impact on the community and the business environment by ... Read More