Members of the Pennsylvania Builders Association recently gathered virtually for the Summer 2020 committee meetings and the Board of Directors meeting. Meetings were held using Zoom and, for the first time, did not overlap so that more members could attend the various committees.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center updated PBA on the educational offerings available using new virtual platforms. The PHRC remains dedicated to serving the industry and the community.

Committees including the Non Dues Revenue Task Force, Workers’ Compensation, Workforce Education and Training, Communications, Membership, and Professional Women in Building brought members together to discuss issues and plan for the future. There were special considerations and discussion surrounding the spring shutdown in the Pennsylvania home building industry.

The Government Affairs Committee took place on Friday, July 24. The agenda was heavy with codes related issues, ranging from the ICC model code adoption process, resolutions to be sent to NAHB, RAC review updates, as well as ordinance challenges.

Other issues facing the GA committee consisted of an IAF request to allow PBA to submit an amicus brief to challenge the Ryan Fell Mortimer v 340 Associates, et al decision – which would “pierce the corporate view” and eliminate liability protections currently offered by LLCs.

Sarah Miller, PBA’s Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, gave updates on current legislative initiatives, including the passage of Act 34 of 2020 – the on-lot septic fix. This bill was one of the only pieces of legislation, that was non-COVID related, to pass and be sign by Governor Wolf during the shutdown.

For more information on Government Affairs, please contact Sarah Miller or Jill Pento at PBA.

Saturday’s Board of Directors meeting welcomed Carl Harris, candidate for the 2021 NAHB Third Vice Chair. Following Mr. Harris’ address to the membership, a resolution was passed for PBA to endorse his candidacy.

Jim Tobin, NAHB’s Chief Lobbyist, joined the meeting to provide updates on how NAHB has dealt with the pandemic and he also spoke about the upcoming election and the impact that it could have on the home building industry.

Immediate Past President Maria Coutts reported that the nominations committee had received no additional nominations for PBA 2021 President. Therefore, it was recommended to the Board of Directors to affirm the election of Cindy Cepko of Wayne Pike BIA as President-elect. The motion carried.

Additional nominations delivered to the Board included John Olson of Wayne Pike BIA as 2021 Secretary and Richard Clawson of the Indiana-Armstrong BA as Treasurer.

Lori Venema of West Branch Susquehanna BA provided the financial report for PBA through May 31. The sale of the PBA building in Harrisburg. The pandemic has presented challenges to PBA’s finances, but the sale of the building will reduce expenses going forward.

Members were updated on Membership, PaCAH activities, NAHB, and local associations prior to reports from PBA CEO Dan Durden and 2020 President Jon Sukonik that addressed PBA’s interactions with the Governor’s office, the PA legislature, members, the media, and local associations during the shutdown.

Both Jon and Dan thanked the membership for their patience and support during the unprecedented shutdown period.

At this time, PBA is planning for an in-person Fall Board Meeting at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center October 29-31 depending on the mandates from the Governor’s office.