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 »

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 »

Legislative Review

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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