BAM: Advocate and Watchdog
Article II, Sec. VI (2016)
By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and
2016 Session: Our $4 Million Success, Expanded 6-Year Code Cycle, and Other Legislative Wins
In the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session, many of the big
issues facing the State of Minnesota went unaddressed by the lawmakers. With no
tax relief bill and no bonding bill passed during the regular session, talk
continues to revolve around the possibility of a special session. Compromise,
however, seems unlikely. However, during
these times of political gridlock, it is a good idea to reflect on what was
accomplished for the building industry.
Believe it or not, the Builders Association of Minnesota was
able to secure $4 Million from the
legislature for the Construction Careers Foundation. This supports ongoing
efforts to attract middle and high school aged youth to the construction
industry! Our members – from the
Twin Cities to far reaches of the state – need workers, and the Builders
Association of Minnesota was successful in working with the legislature and
stakeholders to achieve momentum in the right direction.
By working with the bipartisan
House and Senate authors, testifying at the legislature, and having our members
speak with their legislators, we were able to secure this important funding. BAM
extends a huge thank you to Sen. David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) and Rep. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City)
for their commitment to this important issue!
BAM also had the pleasure of working with the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors
Association, other partners in the craft trades, as well as the Department of
Labor and Industry to secure this funding.
Other Things We’ve Done For You
· Extended BAM’s 6-year code cycle to apply to
plumbing and electrical codes.
· Amended a bill modifying retainage law to make
sure that retainage is not required to be withheld in residential construction
contracts in 326B.
· The Builders Association of Minnesota resisted
changes to the indemnification laws that compromise our existing statutory
requirements to maintain insurance as a condition of our licensing scheme or
ability to execute equitable contracts.
· Stopped fire codes, as well as the whole
building code, from being transferred to the Department of Public Safety.
· Ensured radon testing was not required in new
home construction in the Radon Licensure Act changes.
We’re absolutely thrilled. In a session where little was accomplished, BAM was
able to work with legislators and other stakeholders to achieve these victories
for the industry.
Our successes only fire us up more. We can’t wait to head
back to the State Capitol on Jan 3, 2017. We will continue to fight for you,
your business, and our industry, and we’d love to have you along for the ride.
Is it 2017 yet?
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