Membership in your local HBA brings you benefits that carry far beyond the borders of your community. You are also now a member of the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association and the NAHB.

There are many important benefits that national, state and local HBAs provide for members. It’s a win-win-win that gives you a voice with which to share your industry concerns.

Perhaps the most important of these for builders and associates alike is government advocacy.

Associates have as great an interest in the outcomes of certain legislation and elections as builders do, and must continue to raise awareness of the importance of these matters.

Signing up for Voter Voice is one simple and effective way of letting our elected officials know our sentiments as they relate to impending laws and regulations. The majority of proposed legislation would end up costing the members of our industry unnecessary time and money if it becomes law.

It has come to my attention that very few people take the time to contact their local representatives regarding issues, even those that could affect them or their livelihood.

Interestingly enough, the majority of state legislators and congressmen do encourage our input and even welcome it. They are so overwhelmed by the sheer number of proposed bills that they rarely have the time to read and understand the laws on which they are voting.

By using Voter Voice or sending an email to your local elected official, he or she will be more likely to side with the views of the association. So, please take the time to sign up for Voter Voice– votervoice.net/OSHBA/Register – and follow the prompts that will follow to help ensure the prosperous future of our industry.

Chris Evans is Chair of the OSHBA Associates Council. He can be contacted at chris.evans@probuild.com.