Legislative

This editorial in Builder Online looks at how the increasing cost of regulations are affecting the affordability of housing and the choices homebuilders have to make when evaluating their business models:

Housing industry advocates have a message for the next president: It's time to move on from the crash. 

While Members of Congress are back home meeting with constituents and attending various events, on Capitol Hill conference committee-related talks are continuing on the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act.

The workers' compensation insurance industry is seeking a nearly 20 percent rate hike, following a pair of recent Florida Supreme Court rulings and a change in state law.

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are continuing their efforts to increase timber production in Montana and ensure local lumber mills are being treated fairly.

A coalition of environmental and conservation groups do not want the Senate to go to conference on the House-passed amendment to the upper chamber’s wide-ranging energy bill.

The Senate is the only show in town in the coming week, meaning the energy world's eyes will be trained on the chamber, looking for signs of movement on an energy reform package.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is encouraging senators to join a conference committee with the House on an energy overhaul bill. 

Republicans in Congress have voted dozens of times to block regulations by President Barack Obama’s EPA. This week they are set to give the agency more authority.

Several state legislatures have adjourned for 2016. Below are brief summaries of how the legislative sessions concluded in those states.