Government Affairs Monthly Update

Jamie Howsley

Jamie Howsley is a land use attorney practicing in Washington and Oregon. He has served as the BIA’s Government Affairs Director since 2011. You can reach Jamie directly via email or call 360.281.1123.

The Government Affairs Committee meets on the second Monday of the month in the BIA office at 3:30 pm.

April Government Affairs Update



Quite frankly, I am ready for the stop of the rain. Why? Not only do I start getting outside more, but it’s also when development projects get underway for the next round of homes that are coming. April and May is almost like Christmastime for me—finally getting to see those projects that were approved throughout the year commence with construction.


We invite you to come hear from your legislators directly about the 2018 session. On Tuesday, May 1 at Royal Oaks Country Club the SW Washington delegation will be giving their thoughts, insights and reflections on this last year’s session.  And if I were a betting man I think they will also give some foresight for the year ahead.  Check-in starts at 11 am, with lunch service at 11:30. Please check the BIA website for tickets which are nearing a sellout.

PAC Auction

The Building Industry Group PAC has been hard at work in organizing what promises to be the best auction we have ever had. Seats are almost gone.  So please sign up and raise a paddle on the great items we have this year. Money will go towards electing candidates to office that support our industry. This year’s auction is Thursday, May 17 at the Heathman Lodge.

The Government Affairs Committee

We are retooling the Government Affairs Committee to include a number of subcommittees to address specific topic areas and more readily respond to issues facing the industry. The first of which is the Builder’s subcommittee which looks to address issues related to building permits and inspections as well as building code interpretation issues.

Builder Roundtable

The next County and BIA Builder Roundtable is slated for Wednesday, May 2 at Luke Jensen sports complex at 7:30 am.  This roundtable will take a different format with several breakout tables focused on specific aspects of building and specific concerns within each.  You should receive an email from the BIA which will allow you to sign up and get assigned to a group.  Please look for it. Or you can sign up here.

Upcoming GAC Meeting

The next Government Affairs Committee meeting is Monday, May 14 at 3:30 at the BIA offices.  Please feel free to email me at or Ryan Makinster at if you have any issues you would like to raise.