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Deadline for Excellence in Construction Awards Project Registration Nov. 2

ABC members can now register their projects for the 23rd Annual Excellence in Construction Awards program. In order to be entered in the competition, all projects must be registered online by Nov. 2.

Karl Rove Analyzes the Impact of November’s Elections at BizCon

Political strategist Karl Rove will explore the new political landscape, the challenges that lie ahead, and what they mean to you and the construction industry during ABC’s BizCon, Feb. 19-20, 2013, at the Harbor Beach Marriot Resort, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

New Tools to Help Spread the Merit Shop Message

ABC is providing its members with a set of pro-merit shop messages that can be used to communicate the merit shop philosophy with employees, and new messages have been added to the collection.

House Passes Bill Overriding EPA Regulation of Coal Ash

The U.S. House of Representatives Sept. 19 passed the Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409), a package of bills that benefits the construction industry by preventing drastic increases in energy costs, avoiding the disruption of crucial supply chains and preserving existing jobs.

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Addresses Regulatory Reform

In response to a U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee hearing titled, “Regulation Nation: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Expansion vs. Jobs and Economic Recovery,” ABC Sept. 20 called for comprehensive regulatory reform and offered its support for a series of bills that will help achieve that goal.

ABC Offers Feedback on D.C.'s Health Insurance Exchange Proposal

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states will be required to operate health insurance exchanges – marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can purchase private health insurance – beginning in 2014. Over the last several months, ABC has provided suggestions on how the exchanges can best be implemented.

GOP Demands an End to Project Labor Agreements

Delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, formally adopted the party’s national platform. Contained in the 54-page document is language that “demands an end to project labor agreements.” In addition, the platform calls for the repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act, “which costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually in artificially high wages on government projects.”

How to Handle MLR Rebates Under the Health Care Law

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance issuers are required to spend a minimum percentage of their premiums, called a medical loss ratio (MLR), on health care and health care quality improvement activities. Health insurance issuers that do not meet this minimum, which is at least 80 or 85 percent of their premiums, must pay a rebate to consumers.

ABC Oklahoma Chapter Member Will Compete for Seat in U.S. House

ABC member Markwayne Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing, Inc., Broken Arrow, Okla., and a member of ABC’s Oklahoma Chapter, on Aug. 28 won a runoff race that allows him to compete for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

ABC Offers Updated Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards

Capping off ABC’s celebration of craft training for the 75th anniversary of the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act, ABC is reminding its members that in November 2011, ABC updated its National Model Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards to allow distance learning; competency- and technology-based language; a hybrid and interim credential carpentry program; and reduce payment of benefits as part of the wage and fringe benefits ratios.