The legislature gaveled out last Friday, March 4th, closing the short session without much legislation directly related to residential construction passing. This is a double edged sword; OHBA priority legislation did not pass, however bills that would have had negative effects on the industry were also left behind. Although OHBA priority bills did not pass, their hearings and committee discussions did offer an opportunity for OHBA staff, lobbyists, and the industry to highlight ongoing concerns including the increasing cost of regulation, the need for more streamlined permitting and inspections processes, and the need for more work force housing. In the short session, the ability to present new ideas, vet bill language, and garner support is an important factor that allows for more substantial gains during future sessions and also provides a framework for interim work. OHBA staff will be providing a legislative wrap-up that will be highlighted here and in an upcoming issue of the Home Building News. Contact Ryan Makinster at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.