Be an advocate! GHBA encourages all of its members to become actively involved in the GHBA Government Affairs Program. Together we work to protect our industry from over-regulation by monitoring codes, ordinances and legislation that directly impacts the homebuilding industry, and by communicating directly with elected officials and policy makers.
The committee works closely with the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) on state issues and has direct contact with the 42 state legislators in our area, as well as county and city officials. Although the program’s primary focus is at the state and local levels, the committee monitors and provides input on federal legislation and agency activity directly to our Federal officials and through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
The GHBA Government Affairs team promotes home building and home ownership in a variety of ways…
AT THE POLLS
We support candidates and issues that are good for Houston’s homeowners and the home building industry as a whole.
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
GHBA identifies local issues that could increase the costs of building, remodeling or buying homes. We work with local officials to resolve these issues while preserving consumer interests.
AT THE CAPITOL
Legislators propose thousands of new bills every session… many that affect home building. We read them all, so we can support the good ones and oppose the bad.
It is important that we fight to keep Houston prosperous by providing a housing market open to all income levels. Help us fight for you!
Rally Day at the Capitol – Get on the Bus!
Rally Day is an advocacy event hosted at the State Capitol every odd-numbered year when the Texas Legislature is in session. Rally Day is a valuable opportunity for association members to visit Austin, Texas and to talk with their local legislators and key policy staff face-to-face.
The next Rally Day event will take place on February 22, 2017. The day’s events include a Welcome Ceremony with a keynote speaker, scheduled meetings with your local legislators and a Legislative Reception.
Registration Deadline: February 3
Why Attend Rally Day?
Your attendance is important. By attending Rally Day, you serve as the strongest representative of the Texas residential construction, remodeling and development industry.
- Meet with your elected officials and their leading policy staff
- Be the face of the Texas home building industry
- Share your knowledge of the industry in order to protect it
- Learn about legislative policy proposals that may impact the industry
- Collaborate and network with other industry leaders
HOME-PAC: Can you afford NOT to participate?
HOME-PAC, the political action committee of the Greater Houston Builders Association, is an essential part of GHBA’s advocacy program.
HOME-PAC directs financial support of the homebuilding industry and is committed to protecting housing affordability and consumer choices. Through your contribution, we are able to pool our resources and unite to support the best qualified, pro-housing candidates for local and state office.
Changes in state law or regulations could be detrimental to your business. Your contribution to GHBA’s HOME-PAC is an investment in your company’s future and the future of our industry. It is one of the most affordable options for political involvement.
Committee Meetings & Events
The Government Affairs Committee and HOME-PAC meet on an as-needed basis contingent upon legislative issues that arise on a local, state and national level.
Additionally, a Codes & Standards Subcommittee meets during local code review cycles and an In-Town Builders Task Force meets to address local building issues. If you are interested in either subcommittee, you must be a member of the Government Affairs Committee.
All members are encouraged to join us for the Bi-Annual Legislative Rally Day in Austin – Save the date for February 22, 2017!
Here’s what our members say:
Government Affairs Committee Chair
Mike Dishberger, GMB, Sandcastle Homes
Jim Holcomb, Holcomb Properties
Mike Moody, Newmark Homes Houston LLC
Codes & Standards Subcommittee Chair
John Williams, K. Hovnanian Family of Builders – Houston