State Association's Top Advocacy Initiatives
VOTE—What is the most important advocacy initiative victory your state association has had during its history? If you select the victory with the most votes, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five HBA Michigan Carhartt vests that will be given away to voting participants. You can only vote once and the winning names will be drawn and announced at the HBA of Michigan’s Fall Meeting in Frankenmuth on November 2nd. For more results of these efforts, go directly to
Passage of flex code legislation providing the option to update codes every six years.
Eliminating the 18-mill inventory tax on new homes.
Reforming the Sand Dune Protection Act so common sense building rules are more uniform along our coasts.
Modifying architects seal requirements so that only very large houses require them.
Eliminating Construction Lien Fund that made good builders help pay debts of bad builders.
Removing the requirement for mandatory fire sprinklers from the MRC.
Helping repeal the Single Business Tax and replacing it with a 4.35% corporate business tax.
Helping to protect private property rights in Michigan by prohibiting the use of eminent domain condemnation for economic development projects.
Creating the “Skilled to Build Foundation” to promote career technical education.
Authoring a Call-to-Action Report: “Housing Challenges Threaten our Economic Future: Where will Ten Million Michiganders Live?” which has elevated housing as a key economic development issue for our state.
Increasing State workforce funding for grants that promote skilled trade education.
Defeating attempts to remove the builder exemption from the Michigan Consumer Protection Act
Changing Federal Housing Administration (FHA) regulations to allow FHA loans for single family homes developed as site condos.
Defeating attempts to destroy the Single State Construction Code by preventing green or other independent construction codes from being instituted locally.
Stopping attempts to use fines to run a state Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting program.
Partnering with Intermediate School Districts, Career Tech programs and their instructors to expand and improve skilled trade educational opportunities
Protecting our member’s businesses by working to prohibit local governments from adopting ordinances on wages and other employee requirements.
Removing the requirement for Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) from the MRC
Prohibiting project labor agreements.
Stopping proposed MIOSHA rules that would have required porta-potties and washing stations
Stopping taxes on the industry such as unfair water utility and control fees.
Improving the model code development process to include more local building officials and inspectors.
Amending the Condominium Act to preserve developer rights with HOAs.
Protect Log Home Construction by modifying rules for compliance with energy code.
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