2019 IBS BAM Report


BAM Programs & Operations Update

Association Statistics: as of December 31, 2018

  • Members: 1,794 (B-556; A-1,209; AF-29)
  • Member Employees Statewide: 54,500
  • 12 Local Associations

2019 BAM Executive Committee

  • Steve Noble – President (Noble Custom Homes / CMBA)
  • Howie Zetah – President Elect & Government Affairs Chair (Zetah Construction, Inc. / HBA)
  • Gerry Traut – Builder Vice President (Xcel Energy / MMBA)
  • Jody Keppers – Associate Vice President (Keppers Design – ABA)
  • John McGuine – Treasurer (J & M Consulting / RAB)
  • RonEuteneuerSecretary – (Great Northern Environmental / CMBA)
  • Terry Hammack – Immediate Past President & BAM PAC Chair (Anderson & Hammack Construction / ABA)

 2019 NAHB State Representative

  • Kurt Welker (Welker Custom Homes / RAB)

2019 BUILD-PAC Trustees

  • Steve Noble (Noble Custom Homes / CMBA)
  • Joe Weis, Alternate (Weis Builders / RAB)

Legislative:  Construction careers and work force development, statewide code administration, unlicensed contractor enforcement, and housing affordability lead BAM’s 2019 policy priorities. The legislative session convened on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and will adjourn Monday, May 20. Minnesota is the only split legislature in the nation, with the Democrats having a 75-59 majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate being held by the Republicans with a 34-32 majority.

There have been several hearings on workforce development in the construction sector and we expect that this issue will be carried through to the end of session. The perennial no-sprinkler-mandate bill has been introduced as a marker regarding this code idea. BAM will be introducing 16 bills to address code administration and license enforcement. These bills run the gamut from having lenders and insurers to verify licenses to a complete repeal of the current system. A bill requiring a report on code provisions that should be repealed because they are unnecessary and expensive is expected to be considered this year, too.

Codes:  The Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) has completed the initial technical review of the 2015 and 2018 I-Codes, however, it has not yet been published for public review and comment.  BAM understands one of the delays relates to the fact that the federal government has not yet issued its declaration on the proposed MN Energy Code. A provision relating to cantilevered walls was withdrawn much to the satisfaction of several members who saw this as an unnecessary cost driver.  BAM anticipates there will be only modest changes to the current State Building Code. The new code is expected to become effective sometime in 2020.

Legal Issues:  BAM is still engaged in the never-ending litigation challenging the City of Minneapolis’ paid sick and safe time ordinance. The plaintiffs include a remodeler member and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s litigation. Currently, the lawsuit seeks to make permanent the Court’s temporary ruling that the ordinace does not apply to employers who are based outside of the City’s limits and to find that the underlying ordiannce is in conflict with and therefore pre-empted by exisitng state law. NOTE: this issue is a 2019 legislative issue.

Future Events

The next BAMevent is its Spring Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2019 at the historic James J. Hill House in St. Paul, MN.  BAM Summer Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.




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