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BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article III, Section III (2017) - “Our Membership is Our Strength”

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BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article III, Section III (2017) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications “Our Membership is Our Strength” The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) had a successful Day at the Capitol, with our friends from the MN Association of… Read More...

Advocate and Watchdog, Article II, Sec. VIII - Policy Platform – By Members, For Members

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BAM: Advocate and Watchdog Article II, Sec. VIII (2016) By Forrest Cyr, Director of Government Affairs and Communications Policy Platform – By Members, For Members As the non-partisan advocacy organization for Minnesota’s building industry, the Builders Association of Minnesota works… Read More...

2016 BAM Session Review

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BAM Board Meeting + Builder Day at the Capitol

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On March 12, over 170 builders association members from across the state converged in Saint Paul to use our collective industry voice at our state’s Capitol. We are stronger together, and it’s one of the reasons the Builders Association of Minnesota exists. Every local… Read More...

Home Building Industry Day at the Capitol March 12

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Each year the builders association hosts a Day at the Capitol, and this year it’s going to be better than ever. All members of the association and the home building industry are invited to join us March 12 to deliver the message to the Legislature that the home building industry matters.… Read More...

Open Post on the ALJ Sprinkler Hearing

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Today BAM’s legal team and expert witnesses present our case to Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipman to keep mandatory sprinkler systems out of the residential building code. We will be live tweeting and live blogging throughout the hearing today. Check back for updates. 8:37AM The troops… Read More...

Early Registration Discount: Feb. 6 MN Construction Conference

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Register early for the first-ever Minnesota Construction Industry Conference Early-bird registration is now open for the first-ever Minnesota Construction Industry Conference to be held on February 6, 2014, at the Ramada Inn Mall of America, Bloomington. The State of Minnesota and its… Read More...

Interview with the Expert: Sneak Peek at 2014 Session

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Introducing Brian Halloran of Redmond Associates; the lobbying firm that represents BAM at the State Capitol. Redmond Associates are among the best in the business and we’ve asked them to give us a sneak peek of the 2014 session. Question:  This upcoming Minnesota legislative session… Read More...

New Legislation Restricting Indemnity Provisions in Effect Aug. 1, What Now?

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By Rob Moschet McCollum, Crowley, Moschet, & Miller, Ltd. There has been much discussion, and some confusion, about the effects of the amendments to the statute restricting indemnity provisions in building and construction contracts which become effective on August 1, 2013.  This article… Read More...

New Radon Disclosures Required for Minnesota Residential Sales

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By Joseph G. Springer, Chair, Construction Group Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. The newly enacted Minnesota Radon Awareness Act becomes effective January 1, 2014.  The Act requires sellers of residential real property in Minnesota to make certain disclosures pertaining to the seller’s… Read More...

A Tax Brief: Changes in Tax Law from the MN 2013 Session

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Significant changes to the tax law resulted from the 2013 Legislative Session in Minnesota. Below are a sample of some of the changes Minnesotans will now face. Individual Tax Rates A new 9.85 percent tax bracket was created for the top Minnesota taxable incomes. This new rate… Read More...

New Contractor Registration Program Now In Effect

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The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has implemented a new construction contractor registration pilot project required under Minn. Stat. § 181.723 as amended (Minn. Laws, chapter 295) effective as of July 1, 2012. In a letter sent July 13, 2012 the Minnesota Department of Labor… Read More...

New Independent Contractor Rules as of July 1, 2012

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The Star Tribune reported today that, “Minnesota is scrapping a four-year-old law intended to curb shady employment practices in the construction industry.” As a result of the passage of Senate File 1653 during the 2012 legislative session, the independent contractor exemption certificate… Read More...

BAM Submits Energy Code Issues & Solutions to DLI

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The Builders Association of Minnesota hosted an Energy Code Summit April 3, 2012 in which energy and housing advocates were invited to attend and participate in a discussion. During that summit BAM presented several durability and cost issues we believe need to be address before the 2012… Read More...

BAM Submits Fire Sprinkler Bids to DLI

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BAM submitted a letter to the state Department of Labor and Industry May 31 that included bids that provide actual cost estimates for fire sprinklers in single-family homes. Bids were submitted by home builders currently planning or building new home construction projects who requested bids… Read More...

BAM Submits Letter to DLI on Public Policy Issues of Fire Sprinklers

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In 2010 the Builders Association of Minnesota participated in a Residential Fire Sprinkler Task Force put together by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) under the direction of then commissioner Steve Sviggum. The task force was given the objective of discussion and inquiry… Read More...

BAM Publishes Construction Fire Data

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The Builders Association of Minnesota obtained fire death data from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, a division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Minnesota has collected data on fire deaths including the street address of the fire and whether or not working smoke alarms were… Read More...

Debt Limit Crisis Ending Soon

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As predicted, the looming debt ceiling deadline produced a bipartisan debt-limit compromise this weekend.  This morning, the details of the deal were released, and Congressional Democrats and Republicans are being briefed throughout the day.  As Congressional leaders build support for… Read More...

MN Government Shutdown Is Over

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This morning Governor Mark Dayton signed into law 12 budget and spending bills 57 days after the close of regular session May 23, bringing an end to the 20-day government shutdown that was the longest in state, history. After a budget agreement was made between Governor Dayton and… Read More...

Governor Calls Special Session

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Governor Mark Dayton called a special session today to begin at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The official proclamation was posted summoning members of the Legislature to convene. Terms of the special session were agreed upon and a document was signed by the Governor, Speaker of the House… Read More...

MN Budget Deal Announced

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Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota legislative leaders, Senate Majority Leader, Senator Amy Koch and Speaker of the House, Representative Kurt Zellers announced Thursday July 14th they’d reached a budget deal to end the 14-day government shutdown. After more than three hours of meeting… Read More...

New OSHA Residential Fall Protection Rules In Effect Today

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New residential fall protection rules are being required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as of today June 16, 2011. Last December, OSHA rescinded its Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction (STD 03-00-001 - STD… Read More...

Last Week Budget Woes

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Guest blog by BAM Lobbyist, Lisa Frenette The difference between 34 and 37 seems minuscule unless the numbers are actually reflected in billions of dollars. Thirty four and thirty seven are the budget numbers separating GOP held legislature and Governor Dayton from reconciling a $5… Read More...

Gov. Dayton Presents Letter on Budget to House and Senate Majorities

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Governor Dayton presented House Speaker Representative Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Senator Amy Koch with a letter today regarding the state budget and proposing Minnesota’s $3.6 billion dollar deficit be remedied with $1.8 billion in spending cuts and $1.8 billion in… Read More...

Three Constitutional Amendments, The Last Three Weeks of Session

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In the last three weeks of session three constitutional amendments are being discussed. Republicans in both the house and senate have introduced and heard bills that would be before voters in the 2012 election. The first bill addresses a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union… Read More...

Policy Legislation Heating Up

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Policy hearings are off and running!  Vying for a nose in the race is RacinoNow.  The Racino proposal has been around for about ten years and proposes to add slot machines to complement horse racing and card tables. RacinoNow estimates an additional $250 million in state revenues. The… Read More...

The Final Four

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Written by: BAM Lobbyist Lisa Frenette, Frenette Legislative Advisors. The final four weeks of Minnesota’s legislative session, that is. Session is expected to conclude in four weeks on the constitutional deadline of May 23rd. The constitutional deadline for Minnesota’s legislative… Read More...

HF460 Passes Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

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After two and a half hours of testimony the Minnesota Senate Judiciary And Public Safety Committee voted to pass House File 460 authored by Committee Chair Senator Warren Limmer. The bill prohibits a mandate of fire sprinklers in single-family new construction homes. Testifying in support… Read More...

MN House Passes Fire Sprinkler Bill HF460

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Moments ago the Minnesota House of Representatives passed BAM’s Fire Sprinkler bill (House File 460) off the House floor with a 90 - 39 vote.  It passed with minimal debate and a 51-vote margin. One Democrat representative argued against the bill stating he didn’t want to make fire… Read More...

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