Legislative Update

The Annual Washington Policy Center Dinner

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Spokane Convention Center.  Speakers include 
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Summer '14 Legislative Review and a Quick Look Ahead

A key part of ABC’s mission is to advance and protect Free Enterprise and the Merit Shop – which means ABC is constantly working at all levels of government to protect your interests and keep markets open and free for Merit Shop contractors and your employees.
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Coalition Stops Spokane City Council Initiative to Impose Apprenticeship Quotas

In August, members of the Spokane City Council previewed a new local ordinance that would impose a 15% apprenticeship quota on Spokane public works projects over $200,000
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ABC Golf Tournament Raises Funds for ABC State PACs

In July, ABC held the annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for ABC Government Affairs programming including funding for both the ABC Idaho and Washington State Political Action Committees, (PACS).
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ABC Task Force Tackles Idaho's New CM/GC Law

During the 2014 session, Idaho ‘s Legislature passed broad and ambiguous language dramatically changing the existing Idaho CM law. The new law allows for licensed Construction Managers to also act as General Contractors and perform work, as well as act as the construction manager.
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ABC National Legislative Conference

ABC National Legislative Conference in June saw hundreds of ABC members and staff gather from across the country in Washington D.C. to take Merit Shop issues and concerns to Capitol Hill. Inland Pacific ABC attendees
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Reconsidering Spokane City Council's 15% Apprenticeship Quota

Last week we alerted you to the fact that the Spokane City Council is considering imposing a 15% apprenticeship quota on any city project over $200,000, and urged you to write or call members of the Council to let them know how unnecessary and costly this new ordinance would be for City taxpayers.

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Spokane City Council Considering 15% Apprenticeship Quota

August 19, 2014 - Last week, without notice or input from the construction community, Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilwoman Amber Waldref, unveiled a new proposed ordinance that would impose a 15% apprenticeship utilization requirement on any City of Spokane project $200,000 or above.  The ordinance includes stiff penalties for non-compliance.  Read the rest of entry »

Obama NLRB Appointments Declared Unconstitutional

On June 24, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in 2012 when he made temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during congressional recess. The "recess-appointments" have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Read the rest of entry »

Persuader Rule Update

March 2014 - In November 2013, the Department of Labor announced its final rule regarding the Persuader Rule would be issued March 2014; however, the department has recently postponed their decision. Read the rest of entry »

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