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Government Affairs

The Champions of Affordable Housing

BIAW Government Affairs exists to defend affordable housing for the citizens of Washington state. BIAW’s highly qualified staff and experienced team of lobbyists work on behalf of members to pass pro-housing and pro-business legislation, as well as defeat regulations harmful to the housing industry.

BIAW works year-round to engage in relevant builder activities and provide regular participation in rule making and agency task forces. Through our grassroots alliance, BIAW has access to timely information and resources to help us be more successful advocates for our members.

Your agenda is our agenda.

Member Driven Action

BIAW’s legislative action is a direct result of member communication and member input. There is a constant pipeline of communication between members and the advocacy team – through BIAW’s legislative policy committees, the weekly in-session newsletter: Lawmaker Review, the weekly in-session legislative update conference calls, and from individual members who encounter a problem.

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Washington Affordable Housing Council

BIAW’s political action committee, the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) plays an active role in Washington state elections: investing time, energy, and money into promoting pro-business and pro-housing candidates. Electing supportive state officials is imperative to the building industry and the continued economic growth of our state.

How They Voted

BIAW also produces a biennial “How They Voted” guide, a voting record of each legislator’s support for, or opposition to, issues important to the building industry. The guide is distributed to every BIAW member, making it a valuable resource in determining how their elected officials performed on housing.

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QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions regarding BIAW Government Affairs, please contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at 360-352-7800 ext. 135.