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6Jul, 2015

FHBA Action News – July 6, 2015

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President’s ReportAssociations, like ours, focus on member needs – you come first. From representation with legal and regulatory entities to providing the largest industry trade show in the Southeast, FHBA works to be an organization…read more
Area VI NewsThe Lee County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Lee BIA, are very pleased to report 68 arrests for unlicensed contractor activity in the five county area of Southwest Florida, the highest in the state. The support of Lee BIA Emeritus Board Member and Staff Officer, Darryl Aubuchon…read more
NAHB and Attorney General Pam Bondi File Suit Over Wetlands RegulationOn Thursday, July 2, NAHB joined other business and agricultural groups in legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers seeking to overturn the “waters of the U.S.”…read more
SEBC 2015 App – Now Available!The official 2015 Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) app is now available on the iTunes and Google Play app store! Featuring full event schedules, interactive foor map…read more
Infiltration and Duct Leakage Code Compliance Training – SEBC 2015So you want to test homes for the new Energy Code? Attend theTraining Program for Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification at SEBC 2015 to become certified in accordance Florida’s State Energy Code (FL 553.990)…read more
SEBC Hospitality Suite Contest WinnerWe are happy to announce that Area III is the winner of the FHBA sponsored Hospitality Suite which will be open to SEBC attendees from Area III on Thursday night, July 17th, from…read more
Aurora and Excel Awards at SEBC 2015Join us for an epic reception and awards presentation as we celebrate the 30th year of highly esteemed Excel Awards and honor the Florida SMC Rock Stars for Excellence in Marketing, Design, Merchandising…read more
Lennar Chief’s 5 Themes For HousingOne of the home-building industry’s leading chief executives on Wednesday outlined five themes for the housing market’s outlook, focusing on tight inventories, stringent mortgage standards and the preferences of millennials…read more

The Bottom Line

If you have ever thought about being an active FHBA member or leader, the timing is now. I have had many people ask me whether or not it is worth their time to become involved in association activities. As both an association…read more

Calendar of Events

July 16 – 18, 2015
Orlando, FL
October 15 – 17, 2015
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

NOTE: For a more complete listing of calendar events, visit the Education Calendar and FHBA Calendar of Events at

Jerry Linder
St. Augustine

First Vice President / Treasurer
Ray Puzzitiello
West Palm Beach
Second Vice President
Paul Iandoli
Jeremy Stewart
Third Vice President
Tony Martin
Immediate Past President
Ron Lieberman
Beverly Hills
Past Second Vice President
Cindy Hall
Jensen Beach
CEO/Chief Lobbyist
Rusty Payton
More about the FHBA…

Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Florida’s local/regional home builder associations, the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) enjoys a legacy of success. At its core, FHBA is about advocacy and its legislative, legal and political initiatives have worked together to create the best possible economic and regulatory environment for our members to succeed. In addition to advocacy, FHBA provides members with timely news and information, high-quality education and a wide array of competitively priced products and services.

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2Jul, 2015

NAHB Files Lawsuit Against New ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule

National Association of Home Builders
NAHB Pledge Fulfilled:
‘We Will See You in Court’
FROM:          Tom Woods, 2015 NAHB Chairman

TO:                All NAHB Members

Fulfilling the pledge that I made at the Spring Board of Directors Meeting, NAHB has filed suit seeking to overturn a federal rule that redefines “the waters of the U.S.” and drastically expands the area that can be regulated by the federal government under the Clean Water Act. The rule will go into effect Aug. 28.Brought against the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, the lawsuit charges that the two agencies are “set and determined to exert jurisdiction over virtually every water feature imaginable.”

NAHB has been involved in trying to shape this rule since it was first proposed in April 2014, and urged significant changes to make it more workable. Despite some minor improvements, the final rule is so extreme that the federal government will actually regulate certain roadside ditches, isolated ponds, and channels that may flow only after a heavy rainfall.

Such intrusive federal encroachment will inevitably lead to bureaucratic delays, increased project costs and mitigation fees, and decreased housing affordability.

The lawsuit notes that the rule goes well beyond Congress’ original intent when it enacted the Clean Water Act and ignores the jurisdictional limits already set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court.

NAHB has also been working to engage legislators on this rule. With bipartisan support, the House recently approved H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would require EPA and the Corps to withdraw their rule and develop a new plan in consultation with state and local governments and other affected stakeholders, including small businesses.

NAHB is urging the Senate to pass companion legislation, S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.

NAHB was joined in the suit by other business and agricultural organizations, including: the American Farm Bureau Federation; the National Association of Manufacturers; the American Road and Transportation Builders Association; the American Petroleum Institute; the Leading Builders of America; the National Alliance of Forest Owners; the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; the National Corn Growers Association; the National Mining Association; the National Pork Producers; and the Public Lands Council.

For more information, contact Tom Ward, vice president of legal advocacy, at 800-368-5242 x8230.

NAHB: 1201 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005-2800 USA

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