BAM’s 2018 Priorities
For the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session priorities, BAM will focus on two primary topics: construction careers being essential for the economy and unlicensed builders hurt consumers.
In addition to these primary topics, BAM will seek to establish criteria for appraisers to use when they are evaluating new construction that recognizes construction and energy codes cost drivers, as well as modern techniques such as green building. BAM will also ensure that state and local governments are prohibited from adopting, by ordinance, which allows expensive stretch energy codes. Finally, BAM looks to require codes that increase the cost of housing to be reviewed by the legislature.
Construction Careers are Essential for the Economy
In partnership with Build Minnesota, BAM seeks to empower young individuals to view construction as a life-long career choice. In order to best accomplish this goal, BAM seeks to secure $500,000 to support programs that build the construction workforce. Additionally, BAM stresses required high school career counseling that emphasizes careers in residential construction. Finally, BAM seeks to identify methods allowing minors to work on construction sites. Currently, minors are banned from this line of work unless the work is done for a parent’s business, done by a 17 year-old high school student graduate, or work done outside the area of hazardous operation, materials, or equipment.
Unlicensed Builders Hurt Consumers
Unlicensed contractors deprive consumers from statutory protections. Additionally, this increases an unfair business practice that puts licensed contractors at a significantly competitive disadvantage. To counteract this practice, BAM seeks to introduce legislation providing homeowners with the ability to sue unlicensed contractors to recover payments. This legislation also seeks to prevent unlicensed contractors from being eligible for work requiring a license and would increase penalties for unlicensed activities from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor. Further, BAM supported legislation seeks to require the DLI to dedicate all fines to enforcement of unlicensed activity and require lenders and insurers to verify licensure before issuing mortgages and insurance general liability of workers compensation policies.
Although this will be a very short and hectic legislative ra BAM remains hopeful to execute these priorities during the 2018 Session.