Advocacy

HBAK: The Voice of Residential Construction in Kentucky

The Home Builders Association of Kentucky is the premier voice of the residential construction industry in Kentucky’s Capital. Our government relations team works year-round to advocate for legislative programs and reforms that benefit our industry. Our experienced lobbyists work with Kentucky’s General Assembly, the Administration, multiple state agencies, as well as Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation.

Legislative Issues

We monitor bills and legislative hearings that affect the building industry and work to amend or defeat measures that would adversely impact the industry. Legislation endorsed by HBAK has been passed, which has resulted in significant savings to the home building industry and in turn, to home buyers, across the Commonwealth. Just as important, HBAK has routinely defeated a long list of bills potentially harmful to the industry. Our legislative successes include the following.

  • HBAK supported and passed comprehensive liability protection for builders, removing the liability on new homes after ten years; this was recently upheld in the Kentucky courts.
  • In 1996, HBAK supported and passed House Bill 1, Workers’ Compensation Reform, which directly resulted in a 40% reduction in premium rates.
  • Four times HBAK has been instrumental in defeating legislation that would have raised real estate transfer taxes.
  • In the late 1990s, HBAK successfully defeated smart growth legislation, which would have created a multi-tiered planning process, which would have slowed growth throughout the state.
  • In 2004 and 2005, HBAK defeated onerous impact fee legislation.
  • In 2004, HBAK helped pass the Notice of Right to Repair Act, which allows a judge to place in abeyance any lawsuit brought by a homeowner until the complaint is handled by the builder of his agent.
  • During the 2006 legislative session, HBAK supported and passed the Small Business Health Insurance Relief Act, which continues to lower premiums for small employers with employees in high cost cases. The legislation also helps small employers who have not offered insurance in the last twelve months afford health care for their employees.
  • HBAK supported an exemption for small businesses with less than $3 million in gross profits from having to consider the alternative minimum tax calculation (a gross receipts tax) and reestablished federal deductions on the state-level, saving our members thousands of dollars.
  • During the 2007 session, HBAK lobbied for and passed the creation of the Single Family Advisory Committee, designed to alleviate any costly features in the Residential Code that impeded affordable housing.
  • In 2009, HBAK authored, lobbied for, and passed legislation that created one of only three state tax credits in the United States for the purchase of a new home, spurring sales in otherwise terrible economic conditions.
  • In 2009, HBAK  joined other small business organizations to pass the Small Business Tax Credit, which gives businesses with less than 50 employees a $25,000 tax credit if they hire one new employee and invest $5,000 in capital equipment.
  • In 2011, HBAK lobbied and passed SB 26, allowing for the construction of a regional wastewater system in the Louisville area, allowing two or more member entities owning wastewater systems to acquire, construct, operate, and improve those systems.
  • During the 2013 legislative session, HBAK formed a broad coalition that authored, lobbied for, and passed HB 378, legislation that sunlights the TMDL process in the listing of impaired streams throughout the Commonwealth, bringing high visibility to the entire process of water quality.
  • In 2013, HBAK championed and passed SB 152, ensuring that bona fide association health plans will continue and will serve as an alternative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Regulatory Issues

The HBAK government relations team works closely with elected state officials and regulatory agencies in the development and adoption of regulations, codes, and standards for housing with the goal of creating safe, quality, and common-sense construction standards. These agencies include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Kentucky Department of Housing, Building, and Construction
    • Single Family Advisory Committee
    • Division of Code Enforcement
    • Division of Plumbing
    • Division of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    • Division of Fire Protection
  • EPA Region IV
  • Kentucky Division of Water
  • Kentucky Labor Cabinet
  • Kentucky Department of Insurance
  • Kentucky Department of Revenue
  • Kentucky Secretary of State
  • Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions
  • Kentucky Real Estate Appraisers Board

Legislative Wrap-Up 2017.pdf