House, Senate Pass Opposite Alternative Bidding Bills

A legislative showdown is brewing as the House and Senate passed seemingly opposite bills. The Senate passed SSB 5760 allowing UW and WSU to create any alternative contracting procedure they choose if project funding is not state appropriated. The House passed HB 1690 to limit the universities ...
Posted on: 03/17/2009

Senate Passes Retro Bill - AGC Asks Members to Attend House Hearing

Just ahead of a legislative deadline the Senate passed by one vote an AGC-opposed bill impacting Retro plans keeping the measure alive and sending it to the House. The Senate passed an amended version of SB 6035 (see original Retro article here) but the bill continues to restrict refund flexibili...
Posted on: 03/17/2009

What Legislation is AGC Tracking in Olympia?

AGC Legislative Update(as of March 17 2009) Business Regulations Retro: Oppose Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6035Status: Passed the Senate (yeas 25; nays 24; absent 0; excused 0)Hearing Scheduled: House Commerce & Labor Committee on Tuesday March 24 at 10:00Action Alert: Click here for A...
Posted on: 03/17/2009

AGC Health Plan Continues to Thrive After Defeat of Bill

House Bill 1714 introduced by Rep. Eileen Cody would have essentially eliminated association health plans. AGC joined with several other associations and fought this legislation which died in the House of Representatives. The defeat of this bill is a big win for the AGC Health Plan and the cont...
Posted on: 03/13/2009

What Legislation is AGC Tracking in Olympia?

2009 Legislative Update Business Regulations Retro: Oppose Senate Bill 6035AGCs Legislative Action Alert: Yes      Status: Senate Rules Committee The Senate is considering legislation what would impact your Retro program. Tell your state Senator that you dont need their protection from your R...
Posted on: 03/10/2009

Unemployment Insurance Bill Protects Tax Credit, Cuts Taxes

AGC is helping to lead a broad based business coalition to support legislation to improve the unemployment insurance system. SB 5963 addresses the fact that the state system does not currently conform to federal rules. Plus the measure right sizes the unemployment insurance fund by slightly red...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Apprentice Bill Improved but Still Problematic

Legislation regarding apprentices has been improved but is still being opposed by AGC. The original Bill SB 5873 would have required that apprentices be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instea...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Bills Dramatically Expand Universities' Use of Alternative Procurement

AGC opposes legislation that would give the University of Washington and Washington State University the authority to craft their own alternative bidding processes. AGC supports an alternative bill that affirms that changes to the alternative bidding statures must first be considered by the Capi...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

False Claims Legislation Could Put Contractors in Catch-22

Senate Bill 5144 known as the False Claims Act is vigourlusly opposed by AGC. The legislation says that a person who knowingly presents or assists in the presentation of a false or fraudulent claim that results in losses to a state or local government entity of at least $1000 is liable for a civ...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Transit Oriented Development Bill Significantly Alters GMA

House Bill 1490 is an environmental bill that has become well known for its emphasis on fostering transit oriented development. AGC opposes the measure because of the prescriptive burdens and costs that will be placed on businesses families and local governments and corresponding land use litiga...
Posted on: 03/03/2009

Stimulus Package Seminars - All You Ever Wanted To Know!

The much-anticipated stimulus plan is here-so what does this mean for Washington contractors? A special presentation by Stanislaw Ashbaugh and AGC of Washington is in the works. With the Presidents signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 the federal government has made $48 ...
Posted on: 02/24/2009

Covered Loads Bill to Be Heard in Senate Committee

Tomorrow (Wed Feb. 25) the Senate Transportation Committee is expected to hold a hearing on recently-introduced legislation regarding covered loads and AGC seeks the input of members. The elements of the bill (SB 5846) are: • Retains the 6 freeboard exemption until January 1 2014. After that d...
Posted on: 02/24/2009

Record Attendance at AGC Lobby Day

James Hawley (Matia Contractors Inc.) Frank Imhof (IMCO Construction) Rep. Doug Ericksen Sharon and Steve Isenhart (Tiger Construction).Sen. Curtis King of AGC member firm King Brothers Woodworking briefs Lobby Day participants.Kurt Trester (Absher Construction) Brad Kilcup and Garrick Hughes (GL...
Posted on: 02/24/2009

The Stimulus: What it Means to the Construction Industry

Congress passed the stimulus bill. AGC worked to ensure significant infrastructure investment was included and ultimately secured $140 billion in construction spending. For details on how the money will be distributed and specific policy provisions click Rebuild Americas Future on AGC of Americas...
Posted on: 02/19/2009

Apprentice Quota Bill Requires 15 Percent of Hours for Each Trade or Craft

Bill SB 5873 requires among other things that apprentices must be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instead of 15 percent of the total labor hours. Plus contracts awarded by state four-year inst...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

Hearing Held on Retro Legislation - Contact Your State Senators

This week a hearing was held on legislation that would negatively impact the AGC Retro and other workers compensation retrospective rating programs. AGC members are strongly encouraged to contact their State Senators about this bill via the Grassroots Action Center on AGCs website. Click AGC Gr...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

AGC Mounts Effort to Discourage Cosponsors of 'Card Check'

AGC of America reports that supporters of the (so-called) Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) are making a push to introduce this legislation in the House very soon and are continuing to push for original co-sponsors of the bill. AGC opposes the Employee Free Choice Act and urges AGC members to disc...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

House Committee Votes in Favor of Cap and Trade Bill

AGC is opposing cap and trade legislation requested by Governor Gregoire. The bill HB 1819 was recently voted out of the House Committee on Ecology and Parks. HB 1819 and the Senate version SB 5735 would implement a regional cap and trade program linking Washington with other states and Canadia...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

Bill Mandates Major Reductions in Buildings' Energy Use

AGC opposes legislation to significantly tighten building envelopes and save energy as a means to reduce greenhouse gasses. The bill (HB 1747) would require the Department of Community Trade & Economic Development (CTED) to develop and implement a strategic plan for enhancing energy efficien...
Posted on: 02/18/2009

AGC to Legislature: Preserve Unemployment Tax Credits for Employers

Tucked within Governor Gregoires state stimulus package is a provision that has gotten the attention of the business community. Gregoire has proposed an expansion of unemployment benefits as well as a temporary reduction in the unemployment insurance tax. AGC endorses the infrastructure investm...
Posted on: 02/04/2009

Devil in Details of Employer \Gag Rule\ Legislation

The title of the legislation seems innocent enough: Prohibiting certain employer communications about political or religious matters. But the bill describes political communications in such a way as to squelch important discussions between employer and employees. SB 5446/HB 1528 defines politi...
Posted on: 02/04/2009

Measure Could Allow L&I to Shut Down Operations for Minor Infractions

The Department of Labor and Industries could shut down a jobsite or even a contractors entire operations for employee classification errors should bills HB1554/SB5613 be passed by the Legislature. Rick Slunaker AGCs chief lobbyist testified in strong opposition to the bill before the Senate Comm...
Posted on: 02/04/2009

Bill Restricts Employer-Physician Workers' Comp Communications

If a workers compensation claim is appealed employers will not be able to discuss an employees condition with that employees physician according to a measure now before the State Legislature. AGC adamantly opposes the legislation SB5627/HB1402. This legislation removes a useful claims managemen...
Posted on: 02/04/2009

Bid Listing Bill? Hear More During Legislative Conference Call

A bill would require the listing of all first tier subcontractors with bids in excess of $50K or any other subcontractor whose bid exceeds $350K. Plus it shifts the burden of proof against bid shopping claims to the general contractor. More details will be published in AGC Works but hear the la...
Posted on: 02/04/2009

Stimulus Bill Buoys Multiple Construction Types

At the recent AGC of Washington Annual Convention AGC of America lobbyist Jeff Shoaf and economist Ken Simonson provided an up-to-the-minute review of the economic stimulus package working its way through Congress now. The situation is fluid but here are latest details from AGC of America: Stim...
Posted on: 01/27/2009