A majority of our government affairs agenda consists of lobbying efforts. However, other components consist of coalition efforts, regulatory issues, communications, and our political action committee (i.e. MBI-PAC). MBI is seen by lawmakers and political leaders as one of the premiere business associations in the state. This is made evident not only from MBI's presence at the State Capitol, but also at the county, city, and local levels.

MBI's government affairs program is focused on an agenda that is pro-business and pro-construction. We develop our agenda from the ground up with our Board of Directors ultimately deciding which way to go on an issue. Our efforts advocate the prudent use of taxpayers' dollars in the procurement of public projects, as well as maintaining the integrity of the construction industry as a vital role in commerce. MBI's lobbying team is led by Ben Hammes in partnership with Chad Kleppe, President and CEO of MBI; and Julie Smith who is MBI’s contract lobbyist. Collectively, the MBI lobbying team has a wealth of knowledge and experience to advocate on behalf of our members and the construction industry.

Legislative Focus Newsletter & Webinar Series

Every third Friday of each month in which the legislature is in session, MBI’s Director of Public Affairs, Ben Hammes will provide members his insights on what is going on at the Capitol, as well as help to keep members informed on business and construction-related issues. Participants can hear first-hand what our elected officials are talking about, while also learning how they can help move MBI’s legislative agenda forward. Registration for the 2020 Legislative Focus webinars will be handled as a series. When you register, you will automatically be registered for all of the following sessions:

January 17, 2020 - 9:00am – 10:00am
February 21, 2020 - 9:00am – 10:00am
March 20, 2020 - 9:00am – 10:00am 
April 17, 2020 - 9:00am – 10:00am 

Legislative Focus is a weekly news bulletin during the Legislative Session designed to give the membership a report on legislative activities and alerts the membership when grass roots efforts are needed. 

View past issues of the 2019 Legislative Focus emails below:

1/18/20191/25/20192/1/20192/8/20192/15/20192/22/20193/1/20193/8/20193/15/20193/22/20193/29/20194/5/20194/12/20194/19/20194/29/2019