Put down the cell phone when distracted driver law takes effect July 23

Gov. Inslee signed a new distracted-driving law and accelerated its implementation to July 23. The bill as passed by the Legislature had an effective date of Jan. 1, 2019 as sponsors wanted to give police and drivers time to prepare.
Posted on: 05/23/2017

Pregnancy accommodations bill signed into law

On May 16, Gov. Inslee signed SSB 5835, requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant women. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate, and takes effect July 23, 2017.
Posted on: 05/23/2017

AGC’s BUILD PAC endorses Jinyoung Lee Englund for key State Senate spot

In one of the most consequential state legislative races in decades, AGC’s BUILD PAC has endorsed Jinyoung Lee Englund for the 45th District State Senate seat.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

AGC’s career awareness legislation signed into law

In a victory for AGC, career awareness legislation spearheaded by the association was signed into law by Gov. Inslee last week.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

Jaci Hayden testifies against Senate tax increase bill

Government Affairs Committee member Jaci Hayden testified on behalf of AGC before the Senate Ways and Means Committee April 26. Hayden expressed AGC’s opposition to SB 5929, a comprehensive tax increase bill, especially the bill’s proposed 20-percent B&O tax increase.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

AGC supports occupational disease case before State Supreme Court

AGC has thrown its support behind a State Supreme Court case that could be a very significant public polity case dealing with occupational disease causation that could ultimately impact workers’ comp rates.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

AGC of America pushes Perkins Act reauthorization

Legislation reauthorizing and updating the Perkins Act was introduced in Congress recently.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

Contact Congress to repeal burdensome prior approval requirement

AGC of America urges members to contact their Congressional representatives and ask them to support bill HR 2101 to repeal the discriminatory Prior Approval requirement that creates unnecessary confusion for AGC member companies.
Posted on: 05/08/2017

House Democrats propose 20% B&O tax increase, new capital-gains tax

With the state House proposed operating budget approved by that body, eyes are now fixed on legislation needed to fund it. HB 2186 received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Finance Committee April 4 after a public hearing the day prior.
Posted on: 04/10/2017

Build schools? Get ready to build more.

The State House and Senate recently released state capital budget proposals, and both invest a record amount -- $1.1 billion – toward school construction.
Posted on: 04/10/2017

State Senate, House release competing budget proposals

The Washington Senate's Republican-led Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) unveiled its "Protecting Washington's Future" budget – a $43 billion spending plan – last week and quickly passed it by a 25-24 vote.
Posted on: 03/28/2017

Blacklisting regulation repeal signed into law

AGC of America and its members achieved a major legislative victory yesterday when President Trump signed legislation to repeal of the Blacklisting regulations, which would have implemented President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order.
Posted on: 03/28/2017

Workers’ Comp Action Alert

Please urge your State Senator to support workers’ comp reform! Senate Bill 5822.
Posted on: 02/28/2017

AGC’s Career Awareness Bill

AGC’s Past President Nancy Munro and Executive Vice President David D’Hondt testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee in support of AGC priority legislation that would create a career awareness training.
Posted on: 02/28/2017

AGC and partners push Mike M. Johnson fix

Several AGC members traveled to Olympia to testify in support of legislation to address onerous notice requirements precipitated by the Mike M. Johnson Supreme Court decision.
Posted on: 02/14/2017

Congress to consider repealing blacklisting & other midnight Obama regulations this week

This week, Congress is considering the repeal of last minute Obama administration regulations, including the Blacklisting regulations. Urge your members of Congress to repeal this and other Obama regulations now.
Posted on: 01/31/2017

Sen. Mark Schoesler named Legislator of the Year

AGC of Washington's 2016 Legislator of the Year, Senator Mark Schoesler, is a true leader in Olympia who solves problems and gets things done.
Posted on: 01/31/2017

AGC shows support for CTE funding

AGC member Bob Adams, of Guy F. Atkinson Construction, testified recently before the Senate Early Learning K-12 Education Committee in support of funding for CTE (career and technical education) programs in middle and high schools.
Posted on: 01/31/2017

AGC to Legislature: Restore infrastructure projects cut in Governor’s budget

As the State Legislature convenes with the issue of education funding as legislators’ top concern, AGC recently reminded policymakers that infrastructure investments should not be ignored.
Posted on: 01/17/2017

Paid sick leave: What contractors need to know

In November, when voters passed Initiative 1433, commonly known as the minimum wage initiative, they were also approving a provision in I-1433 that requires employers to provide paid sick leave.
Posted on: 01/04/2017

Minimum-wage increases took effect Jan. 1

Washington minimum wage employees received a 16 percent raise on the first of the year -- with a few exceptions.
Posted on: 01/04/2017

Governor’s budget increases taxes, spending by $8 billion

Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled his budget proposal. The headlines were that Inslee proposed raising taxes by $4.4 billion, and while that's substantial, it only reflects part of the taxes.
Posted on: 01/04/2017

Defense bill includes changes to DOD procurement

AGC of America reports that last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (373-34) passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA).
Posted on: 12/12/2016

After AGC protests, DOE pulls back for now on soil handling rules

DOE will issue a second draft of proposed solid-waste rules that could cause a contractor to unwittingly become subject to solid-waste landfill rules, or require satisfaction of onerous landfill post-closure care or financial assurance requirements.
Posted on: 11/29/2016

Win for the industry: AGC and allies secure changes to DOE’s construction stormwater permit

AGC and its partner organizations settled its appeal of the new Construction Stormwater General Permit with the Department of Ecology.
Posted on: 11/29/2016