October 10, 2017

Unlicensed Contractors, Unenforced Codes, & Consumer Protection

Unlicensed Contractors, Unenforced Codes, & Consumer Protection Builders Association of Minnesota (October 2017) Remi Stone, Executive Vice President Currently there is a gap in the state law about what happens when a permit is pulled outside city limits where the [Continue…]

July 17, 2017

BAM Update: Engineered Documents and Energy Code Certificates

Tell Your Friends…Engineered Documents and Energy Code Certificates Builders Association of Minnesota (July 2017) Remi Stone, Executive Vice President All too often we get so caught up in the day-to-day mania that little details slip by us and we forget [Continue…]

May 03, 2017

Affordable Owner Occupied Housing Wins Governor’s Signature With Unanimous Bipartisan Legislative Support

Minnesota’s House, Senate, and Governor pulled together for affordable housing and delivered a new law to keep twin homes a viable part in the owner-occupied housing marketplace. Many thanks to each of BAM’s members, the entire Legislature, the Administration and our partners at [Continue…]

April 20, 2017

Twinhome Bill Unaminously Passes, Sen. Draheim Leads The Way!

Passing 65-0, BAM’s 2017 #1 legislative priority is heading to the Governor’s desk. Let’s help get it signed. I am thrilled to let you know that the Senate unanimously passed HF792, legislation directing DLI to conduct expedited rulemaking to ensure [Continue…]

March 13, 2017

Builders Association of MN Mid-Session Report

Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications After years of renovations, Minnesota’s Capitol Building has reopened to the public, to widespread acclaim. With the 2017 Legislative Session halfway through, a new sense of spirit has spread throughout the beautiful [Continue…]

February 03, 2017

MRBA’s Sen. Rich Draheim (R-Madison Lake) authors Town House Definition Bill

Townhouse Definition Bill  HF792 / SF578 The Builders Association of MN announced today their townhouse definition bill was introduced in the Minnesota Legislature, with great authors in both the House and Senate! These bills are chief authored by building industry [Continue…]

January 23, 2017

2017 Legislative Priorities

By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications, Builders Association of MN It’s a new year, and a new legislative session! Builders Association of Minnesota staff, consultants, and members are working with legislative allies to promote common sense, pro-housing [Continue…]

November 17, 2016

Housing Starts See Greatest Leap in Nearly a Decade

Thank You Millennials Kelsey Ramirez New home construction broke its downward trend and increased significantly in October, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Housing starts jumped in October – climbing to the strongest pace since 2007 – [Continue…]

March 09, 2016

2016 Legislative Session in Underway!

With the entire Capitol in the middle of a full remodel, the 2016 legislative session is set to be unlike any other. By order of the fire marshal, only 258 people are allowed inside the Capitol when the House meets. The [Continue…]

October 13, 2015

MN Court of Appeals Invalidates Sprinkler Mandate

In a landmark decision filed today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a declaratory judgment holding invalid the Sprinkler Rule adopted by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI).  The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) brought the [Continue…]