Regulatory and Funding Issues Among AGC's 2010 Legislative Priorities

Below are AGC’s priorities for the 2010 Legislative Session as recommended by the Government Affairs Council (GAC) and approved by the Board of Trustees. If AGC members have comments or questions about this information they should contact Rick Slunaker AGC’s Director of Government Affairs at rslu...
Posted on: 09/15/2009

Your Comments on I-1033 Needed

AGC has been asked by a business coalition to oppose Initiative 1033 a Tim Eyman initiative on the November ballot that limits annual growth of state city and county general fund revenue to the rate of inflation and population growth. AGC’s Government Affairs Council (GAC) leadership recommends ...
Posted on: 09/15/2009

PLAs and Proposed Federal Rules: Discretion Advised

AGC of America reports that last month the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council issued a notice of proposed rulemaking implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13502 by creating new FAR contract clauses to be included in Federal contracts should an agency choose to require a Project...
Posted on: 08/04/2009

Congress Approves Highway Trust Fund Fix

AGC of America reports that by a vote of 79-17 the Senate passed legislation to transfer $7 billion of general fund revenue to the Highway Trust Fund to provide enough revenue to ensure state transportation departments will continue receiving full reimbursements for federal-aid highway projects t...
Posted on: 08/04/2009

DHS to Implement E-Verify Rule but Revoke No-Match Rule

Department of Homeland Security will implement a rule (beginning Sept. 8) requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to verify employees authorization to work in the US. Also DHS will rescind a rule establishing procedures for employers upon receipt of a no-match” letter. READ MOR...
Posted on: 07/21/2009

Port of Seattle to Restart Construction on Sea-Tac Rental Car Facility

Citing recent signs of hope in the global economy Port of Seattle Commission voted to restart construction on the new rental car facility to serve Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The June 30 vote followed the recent sale of revenue bonds to finance the facility scheduled to open in 2012. C...
Posted on: 07/06/2009

AGC Names Sen. Holmquist Legislator of the Year

Sen. Janéa Holmquist (R-13 Ephrata) was named Legislator of the Year by AGC of Washington. Sen. Holmquist was presented the award on June 23 during the AGC Board of Trustees annual retreat. “Sen. Holmquist in her role as Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Labor Commerce & Consumer Prot...
Posted on: 07/06/2009

How Did Your Legislator Vote? See AGC's 2009 Vote Record

AGC presents its 2009 Vote Record to let its members know how legislators voted on bills important to the construction industry. In the 2009 session 13 votes were selected as fairs representation of these issues. See the “score” for each State House and Senate member below. Under that are summ...
Posted on: 07/02/2009

Big Changes in Purchases for Resale

By Darcy Kooiker As part of its effort to bridge the current budget shortfall the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 6173 which makes substantial changes to the wholesale purchasing process. Beginning in 2010 buyers will be required to use sellers permits rather than resale certifi...
Posted on: 05/27/2009

AGC Members and Staff Have Huge Impact on 2009 Legislature

By David DHondt AGC Executive Vice President Given what we were faced with in the 2009 Legislature the eventual outcome is a compelling reason why contractors should want to be members of AGC of Washington. A well thought-out and Board-adopted plan a hard working staff and unprecedented member i...
Posted on: 05/12/2009

AGC Webinar: What Has The Legislature Done to Me Now?

The Legislature has acted and now the AGC wants you to know how enacted bills will affect your company including such things as changes in sales tax procedures restrictions on communications in workers comp appeals and issuance of stop work orders. AGCs Legislative Staff will host the 30 minute ...
Posted on: 05/12/2009

Legislative Recap: Summary of Bills Dead and Alive

Among the bills that passed with AGCs support were those involving unemployment insurance and resale certificates. Among AGC-opposed bills that died were those dealing with Retro greenhouse gasses and covered loads. Click Legislative Update for a summary of industry-related bills that passed th...
Posted on: 05/12/2009

AGC: THANK YOU Members for Your Legislative Support!

Seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Thats how many email messages went to legislators from AGC members a record by all accounts! AGC sent action alerts to members about 11 different bills in 2009 and AGCs position prevailed eight times - a 72 percent success rate and a testament to the ...
Posted on: 04/28/2009

Congress Should Eliminate Restrictions on Green Jobs Training

Congress should eliminate restrictions on new green jobs training grants that disqualify construction training programs that arent affiliated with a union the AGC of America said. Saying the future economy should be as inclusive as possible it urged members of Congress to support newly introduce...
Posted on: 04/28/2009

Sales Tax Collection System for Construction Re-Written by SB 6173

SB 6173 would eliminate the use of Resale Certificates that exempt contractors from paying sales tax on purchases for most construction projects and require contractors to pay sales tax up front and then make a claim later for a credit from the State. AGC members are encouraged to IMMEDIATELY co...
Posted on: 04/16/2009

SB 6169 Expands Personal Liability for Wider Array of Taxes

Legislation was introduced legislation that would expand personal liability for a wider array of taxes paid by businesses. The bill was introduced yesterday (April 15 ironically tax day) with a hearing held at 8 a.m. the next day. Under current law certain corporate officials and employees can ...
Posted on: 04/16/2009

Unfunded Family Leave Insurance Kept Alive by Bill

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed SB 6158 which delays the implementation of the family leave program. The Legislature has not been able to find a funding source to support the family leave program since the original legislation was passed in 2007. AGC maintains that the program should...
Posted on: 04/16/2009

Bill Requiring Prompt Payment of Undisputed Claims Passed by Legislature

The Legislature has passed and the Governor is expected to sign an AGC-supported bill requiring the prompt payment of undisputed claims on public construction projects. HB 1195 is a bill that was requested by the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) after the matter was originally brou...
Posted on: 04/15/2009

Action Alert: Help Defeat Higher Unemployment Taxes

AGC asks members to continue to urge Legislators to oppose SSB 5963 which would increase unemployment insurance taxes. The original version of the bill would have lowered UI taxes and AGC supported it. However the House amended the bill to increase UI benefits (in addition to the increase added...
Posted on: 04/15/2009

Momentum Seems to Shift Away from \Card Check\ Bill

AGC of America reports that recently there have been a few twists in the card check debate. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced her opposition to the Card Check bill and said she would vote against even considering the bill in the Senate. This coupled with Sen. Arlen Specters (R-PA) announcem...
Posted on: 04/15/2009

Tax Legislation Update: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The implications of recent tax legislation on the construction industry are significant.Several provisions create growth and help the industry flourish while others have a negative impact. During a free May 5 webinar Carleen J. Snyder CPA and Tax Partner for Moss Adams LLP will explore what you a...
Posted on: 04/15/2009

AGC Blasts Legislative About-Face on Unemployment Insurance Taxes

Last week the House Commerce and Labor Committee reneged on a bill to reform unemployment insurance taxes and instead passed out a bill that will raise taxes on business. This is an about-face as the Senate recently passed a bill that would lower taxes for most employers. The Committee took that...
Posted on: 03/31/2009

Viaduct Replacement: Contracts and Legislation

(Editors Note: WSDOT is hosting a voluntary contracting event to discuss upcoming work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. Thursday April 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wells Fargo Building 999 Third Ave. Seattle 23rd floor training rooms. Click here for more info.) While le...
Posted on: 03/31/2009

Retro Bill Fails Constitutional Tests According to Legal Analysis

The Retro Bill being opposed by AGC in Olympia has some serious constitutional problems according to a legal analysis. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP at the request of AGC and its business coalition partners reviewed legislation ESSB 6035 and constitutional issues raised by it. A primary motivation ...
Posted on: 03/31/2009

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Apprenticeship Quotas to Higher Ed

The State Senate passed legislation opposed by AGC which extends apprenticeship quota requirements to higher education projects and adds violations of apprentice regulations as elements in both determining bidder responsibility as well as a possible Prevailing Wage strike for bidding eligibility ...
Posted on: 03/17/2009