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State to Mandate Overtime for Salaried Employees
July 17, 2019

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has proposed changes to the executive, administrative and professional overtime exemptions. Among the changes is an increase in the minimum salary threshold that affects all employers who will be required to pay salaried, overtime-exempt workers. The current threshold to be exempt from overtime pay set by the U.S. Department of Labor is $23,660 per year.

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BIAW files suit against Governor Inslee and State due to violations of State Constitution
July 16, 2019

BIAW filed suit against Governor Jay Inslee, the State of Washington, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) because the Governor and legislature overstepped their constitutional authority in legislation that created new fines for builders.

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Housing Forum Highlights
July 11, 2019

BIAW joined forces with the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and eight other partners to hold a Housing Forum July 8 at the Hilton Bellevue that covered the necessity of increased market-rate housing supply across the state at all price points. Participants heard from local elected officials, home builders, legislators, economists, attorneys, realtors and many more about issues facing our industry from supply to permitting.

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2019 Excellence in Remodeling Award Winners Announced
July 3, 2019

The Excellence in Remodeling Award (EIR) Program recognizes the outstanding remodeling projects throughout the state with categories including bath updates, historic renovations, entire home transformations and many more.

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Housing Forum - July 8, 2019
July 2, 2019

BIAW has partnered with the Association of Washington Business to host a crucial discussion on housing attainability and availability to identify solutions that will deliver affordable workforce housing in communities all across our state.

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Legislative Session Wrap Up
May 21, 2019

While the 2019 legislative session was one of the worst sessions for the business community in decades, BIAW had a moderate number of legislative wins. On the downside, we will see all of the harmful bills that were killed again next year.

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Urban Density Capacity Bill Signed
May 9, 2019

BIAW joined Governor Jay Inslee as he signed HB 1923 - addressing urban residential building capacity - into law today and added that, “If you care about ending homelessness, build more houses.” The bill encourages cities to choose from a menu of options to “get to yes” on projects. If a city chooses to take two “get to yes” development regulation code changes, such as up zones or cluster lot development, they are eligible for up to $100,000 in planning grant dollars, and these newly adopted ordinances would be protected from State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeal.

Amicus Brief Filed in Contractor Liability Case
May 2, 2019

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) filed an amicus brief on May 2, 2019 in Gildardo Crisostomo Vargas, et al. v. Inland Washington, LLC, et al. pending the Washington State Supreme Court to challenge the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I’s) broad interpretation of general contractor liability. Read more »

Condo Liability Reform Bill Signed
April 30, 2019

Condo Liability Reform, SB 5334, was signed into law on April 30, will help revise overreaching condo warranty liability from the 90s and allow for new condo construction. It’s not a silver bullet to the housing crisis, but it is another option for consumers seeking a path to affordable homeownership, by increasing supply and options for families of all sizes and incomes.

BIAW Offers Amicus Brief in Church of the Divine Earth
April 29, 2019

BIAW filed an amicus brief in this case because the Court of Appeals decision effectively gutted the statute that provides damages when a builder is wronged by a permitting body. Specifically, the Court of Appeals said Tacoma was not responsible for damages as the City did not know it was violating constitutional law. This is wrong because ignorance is no excuse for violating someone’s constitutional rights” stated Jackson Maynard, General Counsel for BIAW. Read more »

Good News Out of Olympia
April 26, 2019

BIAW would like to thank Senator Jamie Pederson (D-Seattle) and Senator Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley) for their leadership on SB 5334, the Condo Liability Reform bill, which has passed the House and Senate unanimously and is headed to Governor Inslee for signature. This bill helps revise overreaching condo warranty liability from the ‘90s, which will allow for new condo construction in Washington State. Read more »

Latest Session Update
April 19, 2019

With 10 days remaining … taxes increases still await.

Wednesday was opposite house of origin cut-off, which means the legislature will be focused primarily on fiscal matters, including a new mix of taxes. In the days winding down to the end of regular session, constitutionally mandated to be April 28th, rumors abound about the need for a special session again this year. One thing remains clear, it’s not a question of when taxes will be raised, but by how much. Read more »

Surviving Bills From Cutoff
April 12, 2019

Tuesday was opposite house of origin fiscal committee cutoff, which means budget negotiations have started and legislators are moving from the committee rooms to the floors.
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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes
April 12, 2019

With the House and Senate passing record-setting budgets that spend 18% more than the previous budget, committees continue to evaluate new taxes and tax increases that could be as high as $1.4 billion needed in new revenue -- in addition to $5.6 billion in windfall revenue.
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Seattle First-In-Time Rule
March 7, 2019

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) filed today an amicus brief supporting a suit brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a property rights. Learn more »

TVW's Interview with BIAW
February 20, 2019

BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh filmed a segment for TVW's The Impact about the affordable housing crisis impacting Washington on February 20. Watch interview here »