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From the category archives: Legislation

Legislation

Tax Committee Report Singles out ABC’s Proposal for CCM

The Joint Committee on Taxation May 6 released a report summarizing the findings and comments obtained from 11 working groups that were formed by the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee related to tax reform. The report is a part of an effort to overhaul the U.S. tax code.
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Tennessee Repeals Prevailing Wage Requirements on Vertical Construction

In a victory for merit shop construction and free enterprise, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) April 30 signed into law a bill (S.B. 1209) that repeals prevailing wage requirements on all vertical construction projects in the state. 
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NLRB Appeals Recess Appointment Decision to U.S. Supreme Court

The NLRB April 25 filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal a Jan. 25 ruling that the 2012 presidential recess appointments of three members to the board were unconstitutional. 
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OSHA Issues New Safety Booklet on Preventing Falls From Ladders

OSHA has released a new bilingual English-Spanish booklet as part of their national campaign to prevent fatal falls titled, “Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely.” 
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House Committee Approves Bill Allowing Workers Option of Comp Time

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce April 17 approved the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406) by a vote of 23-14. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector.
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Top Priorities for Tax Reform: Parity, Simplicity and Certainty

ABC April 15 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Tax Reform Working Group on Small Business outlining its top priorities for comprehensive tax reform.  In the letter, ABC listed its broader priorities for reforming the tax system as parity, simplicity and certainty. 
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North Dakota is 15th State to Ban PLAs; New Jersey Gov. Vetoes PLA Expansion Bill

On April 8, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law H.B. 1270, which will ban government-mandated PLAs on state and local construction projects in the state. A week later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed legislation (S. 2425) that would have expanded the ability of public entities in the state to mandate PLAs on taxpayer-funded contracts to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Read the rest of entry »

Construction Groups Ask Congress to Support Government Neutrality in Contracting

ABC and a diverse group of 15 construction industry associations April 16 sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate opposing government-mandated PLAs and asking them to cosponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 436/S. 109). 
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Guest Worker Cap in Senate Immigration Plan Fails to Meet Construction Industry Needs

The U.S. Senate “Gang of Eight” April 16 unveiled a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that fails to include a guest worker program that would meet the needs of the construction industry.
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House Passes Bill to Limit NLRB Actions and Relieve Uncertainty

The U.S. House of Representatives April 10 voted 219-209 to pass a bill that would stop all NLRB activity that requires a three-member quorum until the legal disputes involving the board are resolved.
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