Government Affairs

BIAW Government Affairs exists to defend affordable housing for Washington state families. BIAW’s experienced staff and well-respected team of lobbyists work on behalf of members to pass pro-housing and pro-business legislation while defeating regulations that harm the industry and drive up housing costs.

BIAW works year-round to engage in relevant builder activities and provide regular participation in rule making and agency task forces. Through our grassroots alliance, BIAW has access to timely information and resources to help us be more successful advocates for our members.

Your agenda is our agenda.

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Member Driven Action

BIAW’s legislative action is a direct result of member communication and member input. There is a constant pipeline of communication between members and the advocacy team – through BIAW’s legislative policy committees, the weekly in-session newsletter the Lawmaker Review, the weekly in-session legislative update conference calls, and from individual members who encounter a problem. If you’d like to join the calls, please contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at 360-352-7800 ext. 135 or

BIAW’s Government Affairs is vigilant even when the Legislature is not in session. BIAW actively participates in agency rulemaking, guideline development, and policy development. BIAW knows how to navigate the realm of state agencies and actively works behind the scenes on behalf of builders.

Washington Affordable Housing Council

BIAW’s political action committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) plays an active role in Washington state elections: investing time, energy, and money into promoting pro-business and pro-housing candidates. Electing supportive state officials is imperative to the building industry and the continued economic growth of our state.

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Building Codes

Every three years, new model construction codes are published through the International Code Council (ICC). The State Building Code Council (SBCC), with the assistance of their Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), adopt those applicable to our state.

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How They Voted

BIAW also produces a biennial “How They Voted” guide, a voting record of each legislator’s support for, or opposition to, issues important to the building industry. The guide is distributed to every BIAW member, making it a valuable resource in determining how their elected officials performed on housing.

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If you have any questions regarding BIAW Government Affairs, please contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at 360-352-7800 ext. 135.