Productive Meetings During Missouri Legislative Day
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, HBA members and staff traveled to Jefferson City for Missouri Legislative Day, an annual trip to the capital to meet face-to-face with state legislators. The day provides an opportunity to maintain relationships with area Senators and Representatives and discuss issues important to the home-building industry with the people who have the power to affect change.
HBA members spent the entire afternoon visiting with area legislators. Notable meetings included House Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot, Representative Jeanie Lauer, Senator Dan Hegeman, Senator John Rizzo, Representative Noel Shull, Representative TJ Berry, Representative Rebecca Roeber, Representative Ken Wilson and more.
The HBA also made a point of meeting new legislators such as Representative Richard Brown, who is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act and authorize a tax deduction for contributions to a savings account dedicated to buying a first home.
HBA members spoke with legislators about a variety of home-building issues, including workforce development and strategies to address the labor shortage, workers’ compensation reform, and a new bill that would regulate Home Owners Associations and severely impact a builder’s or developer’s ability to make decisions while a planned development is still actively being sold. Members urged legislators to seek the input of home building professionals when approaching these issues that are critical to the economic development of the metro area.
Thank you to everyone who spent a day away from business to travel to Jefferson City and advocate for the home-building industry.