Your Home Builders Association of South Carolina held its annual Legislative Conference this week in Columbia. The meeting kicked off with a candidate forum with the various announced candidates for Governor of the State of South Carolina.

Pictured from left to right are HBASC Vice President Steven Mungo, Congressman Gresham Barrett, Lt. Governor André Bauer, Dwight Drake, Rep. Nikki Haley, Sen. Robert Ford, Sen. Larry Grooms, Attorney General Henry McMaster, Superintendent of Education Jim Rex, Sen. Vince Sheheen, and HBASC President Jim Gregory.

The candidates discussed their points of view on various policy issues and answered questions from the audience.

The forum was followed by a Legislative Planning meeting in which members participated in the development of the association’s legislative agenda for 2010. Mandatory fire sprinklers, point-of-sale property assessments, reform of the Building Codes Council, and public school infrastructure funding were discussed as well as numerous other issues.

The day wound up with an oyster roast at the HBASC office near the State House in Columbia.