HBA Receives Community Service Award from Springfield Fire Department

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield was honored by the Springfield Fire Department Thursday with its 2011 Community Service Award. The award was in recognition of the HBA’s leadership in the city’s effort to make 2011 the “Year of the Smoke Alarm.” At the Fire Department’s urging, Springfield City Council last year declared 2011…

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News-Leader Thanks Springfield Fire Department, HBA for Smoke Alarms

The Springfield News-Leader recently featured an editorial applauding an historic achievement by the Springfield Fire Department in 2011. On January 5, the local newspaper reminded readers of the department and City Council’s initiative a year ago to make 2011 the “Year of the Smoke Alarm.” The Fire Department set the goal of installing 1,100 smoke…

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KY3: HBA, Republic Fire Department Provide Smoke Alarms to Residents

As a part of National Fire Prevention Week, The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield teamed up this week with the City of Republic Fire Department to provide new smoke alarms for residents of homes without working smoke alarms. The smoke alarms are a joint donation to the fire department from the HBA of Greater…

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CEO Blog: The Huge “Win” You May Never Notice

Matt Morrow

We all have our guilty pleasures, and one of mine is disaster movies. Armageddon. Deep Impact. 2012. Independence Day (okay, one of my other guilty pleasures is movies about invading space monkeys). A recurring theme in disaster movies is the “narrowly-averted-catastrophe-that-no-one-saw-coming.” By the heroic, just-in-time actions of a few brave (and usually stunningly attractive) Hollywood…

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Missouri Legislative Session Adjourns – Winning Session for Home Builders!

On Friday, May 13, Missouri’s legislators wrapped up a session focused on job creation and economic development. “The HBA’s strong focus on educating legislators regarding the job-killing effect of mandatory residential fire sprinklers helped legislation to prohibit mandating sprinklers pass early in the session without getting bogged down by amendments or other obstacles that often…

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Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Residential Fire Sprinklers

Late last week Governor Jay Nixon signed into law Senate Bill 108, the HBA’s main legislative priority of 2011. This law prohibits local governments from mandating residential fire sprinklers and extends the consumer option until December 31, 2019. That prohibition, passed originally in 2009, was set to expire at the end of 2011. Builders must…

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Call to Action: Urge Governor Nixon to Sign Sprinkler Bill!

The HBA’s legislative priority – prohibiting local governments from mandating residential fire sprinklers and extending the consumer option until December 31, 2019 – rests in Governor Nixon’s hands.  That prohibition, passed originally in 2009, was set to expire at the end of 2011. Senate bill 108, which extends to the statute, was passed by the…

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MO Legislature Extends Consumer Choice on Sprinklers for Eight More Years

The Missouri House of Representatives on Wednesday (4/6/2011) truly agreed and finally passed the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield’s and Home Builders Association of Missouri’s highest priority piece of legislation legislation for 2011. SB 108, commonly referred to by home builders as “mandatory option” legislation, prohibits any jurisdiction from mandating residential fire sprinklers in…

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Bus Full of Builders/Remodelers Headed for Jefferson City on Wednesday

HBA members from around the state will be at the State Capitol on April 6, meeting with legislators to advocate for final passage of the legislation which keeps the choice regarding residential fire sprinklers in the hands of the homeowner by extending the mandatory “offer” of fire sprinklers. That provision was set to expire at…

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Fire Sprinkler Bill Passes in Senate, 32-0

The momentum continued this week for the Senate version of the bill that extends the provision preventing adoption of mandatory fire sprinklers in Missouri. On Thursday, the Senate passed SB 108, by a unanimous 32-0 vote. The Senate-approved version will now travel to the Missouri House of Representatives for introduction. Since the House has already…

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MO Senate Perfects Mandatory Option for Sprinklers

Your advocacy team in the state capitol, including HBA of Greater Springfield lobbyist Scott Swain and HBA of Missouri lobbyist Jewell Patek, have been so successful in focusing the legislature on the fire sprinkler bill, it is well prepared for final passage by the general assembly very early in the session. The momentum continues to…

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Important Fire Sprinkler Legislation Filed in Missouri Senate

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City

Senate Bill 108 has been filed by Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt. Schmitt, who represents a portion of St. Louis County, also serves as the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary. Currently, provisions of law which prohibit adoption of code mandating installation of fire sprinklers in certain home dwellings are set to expire on December 31, 2011. This…

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Will Missouri Reject Consumer Choice on Residential Fire Sprinklers?

State legislators will determine this session whether or not code-adopting jurisdictions in Missouri will have the authority to adopt a building code mandating residential fire sprinklers. If nothing is passed before the session ends in mid-May, the statute preventing jurisdictions from mandating residential fire sprinklers will expire at the end of this year (2011). BACKGROUND:…

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