Federal Contracting Reform

Local contractors AGC of America staff AGC of Washington staff and federal contracting experts from around the country have been collaborating for the last few weeks in an attempt to find solutions to an overreliance on multiple award contracts or the bundling of federal contracts nationwide. The...
Posted on: 04/27/2011

AGC Government Affairs Team Ready for Special Session

Starting today the Legislature will be in a special session called by Gov. Gregoire. Among the unresolved issues important to contractors are the Operating and Capital Budgets workers’ comp reform and a debt limit proposal. Click Special Session for a copy of the Governor’s proclamation that del...
Posted on: 04/26/2011

More than Meets the Eye to Debt Limit Proposal

Construction spending by the state could shrink by $8.6 billion over the next 20 years should a proposed amendment to the state constitution be enacted. AGC opposes a legislative resolution (SSJR 8215) that seeks to reduce what the Legislature can borrow by gradually lowering the debt limit in t...
Posted on: 04/26/2011

Tell Speaker Chopp to move the Eddy striker to ESB 5566

Dont Adjourn without Workers Comp Reform! House members have been waiting for weeks to take a vote on the bi-partisan Engrossed Senate Bill 5566 making much-needed equitable changes to the states workers comp system. Thus far the bill has been held up in committee by Rep. Mike Sells (D-38 Everet...
Posted on: 04/20/2011

Bill to Fix Lien Process Appears Dead in Senate

Legislation prepared by the AGC Legal Affairs Committee to fix mechanics’ lien processes muddled by the Athletic Fields court decision progressed a long way through the legislative process but unfortunately did not pass the Senate before the final cut-off date. The legislation – House Bill 1708 ...
Posted on: 04/13/2011

1099 Mandate Repealed; 3 Percent Withholding Looms

AGC of America achieved a significant victory as the Congress passed – and the President is expected to sign – legislation to repeal the new IRS Form reporting mandate enacted in last year’s healthcare bill. The mandate would have required businesses beginning in 2012 to report to the IRS all pa...
Posted on: 04/13/2011

Support ESB 5566: Bring True Workers' Comp Reform to a Vote

We need to put pressure on members of the House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp and Governor Christine Gregoire to get Engrossed Senate Bill 5566 passed out of the State House. Labor is adamantly opposed to the bill and House Labor and Workforce Development Chair (and longtime Snohomish C...
Posted on: 04/07/2011

Oppose ESHB 1701: Misclassification of Contractors as Independent Contractors

Labor unions continue their push to enact legislation which they characterize as needed to stop underground contractors from competing unfairly. However their bill Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1701 wrongly focuses its attention on legitimate contractor practices. Engrossed Substitute House B...
Posted on: 03/29/2011

Independent Contractor Bill is Unnecessary and Convoluted

AGC is opposing legislation that will needlessly complicate the way general contractors hire subs exposing contractors to potential penalties if they hire in good faith legitimate one-person firms. The bill EHSB 1701 purports to address the misclassification of construction workers as independen...
Posted on: 03/29/2011

ACTION ALERT: Oppose SB 5599 and SHB 1701: Changes to the Independent Contractors Law

Labor unions are pushing the Legislature to make major changes to the law which will have a profound effect on how contractors manage their work on construction projects. Senate Bill 5599 and Substitute House Bill 1701 would require all contractors using more than two individuals working under i...
Posted on: 03/04/2011

ACTION ALERT: Oppose SHB 1676/SSB 5068: Stop Needless Mandatory Abatement

Labor unions and the Department of Labor & Industries are pushing the Legislature to make major changes to workplace safety law which will have a profound effect on how contractors are regulated by L&I in issuing and managing compliance with allegations of safety violations. Substitute ...
Posted on: 03/04/2011

Senate Changes Preference Bill into Reciprocity Bill

Legislation that was once opposed by AGC has now evolved into one that it supports after major amendments by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Senate Bill 5662 and House Bill 1809 would have originally established a seven percent preference for “resident contractors” on public works projects ...
Posted on: 03/01/2011

False Claims Legislation Dies

AGC had strongly opposed “false claims” bill that would have created an utterly untenable situation for public works contractors because of the Mike M. Johnson court decision. (Click False Claims for a previous AGC Works article on the measure.) The bill did not meet a legislative cut-off date an...
Posted on: 03/01/2011

Legislation Protects Employers from Unintended Liability for Commute Time

By John Riper Ashbaugh Beal LLP In employment lawsuits it is rare for Washington courts to reach a result that makes both employers and employees worse off but that happened several years ago in a case over compensation for commute time. In 2007 the Washington Supreme Court ruled that an employ...
Posted on: 03/01/2011

Republican Legislators Discuss Contractor Concerns with AGC

AGC’s Government Affairs office recently hosted several Republican legislators for breakfast and a discussion of false claims legislation tax increment financing proposals contractor preference bills and other issues. Attending were Reps. JT Wilcox Mike Armstrong Mark Hargrove Norm Johnson Jan A...
Posted on: 03/01/2011

Contact Your Legislator: Oppose False Claims \Catch 22\

Substitute Senate Bill 5310 (SSB 5310) would introduce for the first time in Washington a state false claims act (FCA). The AGC needs your help to defeat this appalling legislation. Click here to access AGC’s Legislative Action Center for an easy-to-use method to contact your legislators. Below...
Posted on: 02/22/2011

AGC Opposes Preference Bill as Costly, Unconstitutional

House Bill 1809 would establish a resident contractor preference law such that a public works contract would be awarded to lowest responsible bidder after a preference of seven percent is applied. AGC is opposed to the legislation and AGC Legislative Counsel Van Collins testified in opposition t...
Posted on: 02/15/2011

Private Funding of Wastewater Infrastructure Would Spur Development

In order to spur private development within urban growth areas set by the state’s Growth Management Act AGC is supporting legislation that allows private entities to fund wastewater infrastructure. Craig Goodwin General Manager for Northwest Cascade Inc. joined AGC’s Director of Government Affai...
Posted on: 02/15/2011

False Claims Bill Would Compound Mike M. Johnson Problems

By Douglas Roach Ahlers & Cressman PLLC (Editor’s Note: Roach and fellow AGC Legal Affairs Committee member John Ahlers have been active in proposing language to address the problems with Senate Bill 5310. Roach and AGC’s Legislative Counsel Van Collins testified during a Feb. 4 Senate Judi...
Posted on: 02/15/2011

AGC Seeks to Preserve Contractors' Lien Rights Endangered by Williams Case

By John Riper Ashbaugh Beal LLP (Editor’s Note: John Riper and AGC’s Government Affairs Director Rick Slunaker testified during a Feb. 2 House Labor and Workforce Development Committee hearing in strong support of House Bill 1708. Watch their testimony via embedded link at end of this article.)...
Posted on: 02/15/2011

AGC Fights to Restore Public Works Trust Fund

“As the construction industry goes so goes our state budget.” That sentence was delivered by Gov. Gregoire during the State of the State address. She added: “Jobs are the way out of the recession especially in one of the hardest hit areas — the construction sector. Through the capital and trans...
Posted on: 02/15/2011

AGC Legislative Snapshot for Feb. 14

Help Us Help You: Be Involved Call: Mondays at 7:15 a.m. call into the weekly “Legislative Huddle.” This call is used to gather member feedback on legislative proposals that impact construction and to give us direction on positions AGC should take on specific legislation coming at us. To sign-...
Posted on: 02/14/2011

Legislation Would Alter Design-Build Threshold for WSDOT Projects

AGC secured changes to legislation that modifies provisions relating to design-build procedures for WSDOT projects. The legislation (Senate Bill 5250) establishes a $1 million project cost threshold over which WSDOT may consider using DB (the original bill had no minimum threshold). The legisla...
Posted on: 02/01/2011

Positive Workers' Comp and Unemployment Insurance News from Olympia (Really!)

by David DHondt AGC Executive Vice President After years of urging state leaders to address the state’s burdensome workers’ comp and unemployment systems the construction industry received some welcome positive news from Olympia this week. On Tuesday the Governor announced policy changes that i...
Posted on: 01/07/2011

AGC Calls for Reform to Combat 20+ Percent Workers' Comp Increases

AGC members and staff strenuously protested the workers’ compensation premium increases of 23-41 percent for the construction industry in 2011 during a public comment period that ended today. In addition to making the case that dramatic increases will be one more drag on the industry that has yet...
Posted on: 01/04/2011