Promoting Legislation To Make Housing More Affordable
BIAW's team of lobbyists work on members' behalf
to protect your livelihood and the American
BIAW's Government Affairs exists to defend affordable housing for the citizens
of Washington State.
BIAW's team of lobbyists and staff work on members' behalf to pass pro-housing
legislation and defeat bills harmful to the housing industry. Our lobbying efforts have been
responsible to sponsoring, amending and defeating legislation that affects builders, their
businesses and their employees. BIAW’s experienced legislative team works for you to protect your livelihood and
the dream of homeownership for Washington state families.
Weekly Lawmaker Review
BIAW also relies on an extensive grassroots system to educate elected officials on building industry-related
issues. During each Legislative Session, a weekly email report - Lawmaker Review - is sent
to members to update them on legislation and advises them when to contact their legislators.
Request to receive the weekly Lawmaker Review.
The Capitol Dome is the focal point of the Legislative Building which houses the chambers of the Washington State Legislature.
Supporting the Election of Pro-Housing Candidates
BIAW and BIAW’s Political Action Committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council,
play an active role in Washington state elections, pouring a significant amount
of time, energy and money into ensuring the election of pro-business and pro-housing
candidates that support the building industry and the continued economic growth
of the state.
How They Voted
Keeping BIAW members informed of the Legislature’s actions and its impact on the
building industry is another important component of BIAW’s Government Affairs
program. After each Legislative Session, BIAW produces How They Voted, a voting
record of each legislator’s support for, or opposition to, issues important to the
building industry. The guide is then distributed to every BIAW member, making it
a valuable resource in helping them evaluate how their elected officials performed
during the session.
View BIAW's 2016 How They Voted voting record.
Find Your Legislator
Look up your state or congressional legislator by visiting Washington state's Find Your Legislator
If you have any questions regarding the BIAW Government Affairs Program, please call BIAW Government
Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at 360-352-7800, ext. 135.