SBA Brings Regulatory Roundtables to Kentucky, Ohio

red tape houseThe next two in a series of Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Regulatory Roundtables that encourage home builders to tell the government how federal regulations impact their businesses take place next week in Kentucky and Ohio.

The first will be held July 31 in Lexington, Ky., the second Aug. 1 in Cincinnati, the third on Aug. 3 in Cleveland.

The SBA roundtables — like the EPA State Action Tours — are part of the administration’s attempt to provide regulatory relief to business as a way to improve the nation’s economic vitality.

Home builders and state and local HBA staff from Idaho and Louisiana who attended earlier SBA roundtables say the meetings are a great opportunity to discuss federal environmental and safety regulations as well as building codes and standards — and how well-intentioned but poorly implemented rules can cost builders and their clients time and money without a corresponding benefit.

“I testified regarding our issues with the Department of Energy and energy codes and also about lumber prices and the extreme need for more production,” said Tom Skaar, who owns Pacific Western Homes in Portland, Oregon.

“We also talked about local regulation and fees and how both are exacerbating an already critical shortage of housing in some parts of the country, especially in the West. Others also talked about employment law as it related to the proposed overtime/salary law, and also about minimum wage laws and labor shortages,” he said.

To help HBAs and their members prepare for the roundtables, NAHB regulatory staff members prepared a series of talking points that home builders and remodelers could use as a template for their own presentations, and provided background information on specific issues.

“The comment from the SBA folks was that NAHB is so amazing that they don’t need the SBA but rather the SBA needs NAHB,” HBA of Utah EO Ross Ford told NAHB Senior VP for Regulatory Affairs Susan Asmus after attending a forum earlier this month.

“Apparently, you have already provided them with tons of data and are an ongoing source. It was fun to be part of such a professional team,” he said.

Home builders and HBA staff should register in advance for the Lexington, Cincinnati and Cleveland events. For help with talking points, contact Rob Matuga at 800-368-5242 x8507.

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