BIAW "Red Tagged" the Capitol
March 5, 2019

Lawmakers arrived at the State Capitol on March 5 to “red tags” in their offices, courtesy of the residential building industry. The message? “Stop Work” immediately on legislation that will significantly increase the cost of housing.

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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 »

Legislative Review

Hydraulic Project Approvals Overreach
March 8, 2019

HB 1579, Chinook abundance, really deals with Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (DFW) Hydraulic Project Approvals (HPA), unfortunately, passed the House yesterday in a near party-line vote. This bill has been around for years and is merely a retread of bad proposals with a “whale washed” title in hopes of making it more palatable to the legislature. Read more »

Good News and Bad News
March 1, 2019

We have something to celebrate in Olympia this week, the unanimous passage of condo liability reform, SB 5334, prime sponsors Senators Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle) and Mike Padden (R-Spokane Valley). The legislation reduces personal liability of condo association officers by granting them the same immunity given to board members of nonprofits and companies. Currently, condo board members could be forced to pay for repair defects in their buildings if they do not sue the builders that cause them. Read more »