The Blueprint: Advocacy Day ‘19, Guidance Documents, & More

Guidance Released on Multifamily Egress Code Update • Cabinet Secretaries Announced • DSPS Concrete Document Posted • Wetland Guidance Document Now Available • New Members Appointed to Joint Committee on Finance • Thoughts on 1/1/16 Deck Code and Footing Size Worksheet Now Available • Jagler Returns as Assembly Housing Chair • Check out the Latest in NAHB Legal Advocacy

Advocacy Day in Madison Set for Tuesday, March 5th

Republican Attorney General Association Has Schimel Up 3

We have just confirmed the date and location for our annual WBA Advocacy Day.  The lobbying event will again be held at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel on the capitol square in Madison on Tuesday, March 5th.  Cost of the event will again be $75 per attendee which can be paid by each person online or paid by local HBA staff online (if you are a member of a local that pays this fee).

Registration for the event is now up and running.  If you want to get ahead of the game and register for the event early, you can do so by clicking here.  You can find parking information here.

We are also pleased to announce that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is generously sponsoring our event again in 2019.

The format will be very similar to last year with two speakers/panels in the morning along with an issue briefing on our agenda items followed by lunch, capitol visits, and a cocktail hour to conclude the day’s event. Our tentative itinerary is:

·         8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Check-In & Continental Breakfast

·         8:30 AM - 9:15 AM - Speaker 1 (TBA)

·         9:20 AM - 10:00 AM - Issue Briefing by WBA Executive Director Brad Boycks

·         10:15 AM - 11:15 AM – Speaker 2 (TBA)

·         11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Lunch

·         12:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Capitol Visits

·         2:00 PM – 4:00 PM - Cocktail Hour

More information to come as we continue to plan for this event, especially with regard to confirmed speakers. 

Guidance Released on Multifamily Egress Code Update

Recently, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) reissued guidance concerning egress requirements for multifamily units as they relate to the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the recent update of the state commercial building code…

Cabinet Secretaries Announced

Since his election on Tuesday, November 6th, Governor-Elect Tony Evers has been slowly announcing members of his staff and cabinet secretaries.  Today, Evers made the additional selections for his cabinet that included the secretaries of safety and professional services, revenue, workforce development, children and family, and health services…

DSPS Concrete Document Posted

During the meeting of the Uniform Dwelling Code Council (UDC Council) in December, it was announced that the department has now posted additional information and guidance concerning the current UDC concrete requirements and how those interact with standards of the American Concrete Institute (ACI)…

Wetland Guidance Document Now Available

You may recall the passage of 2017 Wisconsin Act 183 to close out the 2017-2018 legislative session which made major reforms and allows for greater flexibilities when building and developing land near wetlands…

New Members Appointed to Joint Committee on Finance

After the inauguration of Governor Evers and the other constitutional officers on Monday, January 7th and the swearing in of the 99 members of the state assembly and 33 members of the state senate, everyone will be anxiously awaiting Governor Evers’ 2019-2021 state budget bill…

Thoughts on 1/1/16 Deck Code and Footing Size Worksheet Now Available

As of January 1, 2016, builders and remodelers have been operating on the most recent update to the state’s one and two family building code, the Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)…

Jagler Returns as Assembly Housing Chair

In mid-December, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced that Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown) would again serve as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Real Estate for the third session…

Check out the Latest in NAHB Legal Advocacy

The NAHB Office of Legal Affairs has published the first in a quarterly series of legal updates for members to stay current on the issues the legal team in Washington is pursuing. The Spotlight on NAHB Litigation for Winter 2018-19 features updates on active court cases in which NAHB has direct involvement…

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