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Liquidated Damages for Failure to Meet MBE Goals are in Effect

  During the 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB1370 which was signed into law by the Governor on May 2, 2012 and became Chapter Law 201.  HB1370 includes many different changes to the minority business laws affecting state procurement.  

Promising Outlook for Prince George's County Development

  Prince George’s County  Executive Rushern Baker addressed members of ABC on October 29th and shared the anticipated development and construction opportunities in the County over the next several years.  

New Maryland Law Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

  Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must comply with the recently enacted Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act. 

DC to Mandate PLA on Soccer Stadium Project

  Mayor Gray has announced that the District of Columbia will require a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the construction of the DC United Soccer Stadium. Apparently the city did not learn its lesson from the failure of the Washington National’s Stadium project which increased the cost of construction and failed to meet minority business and local hiring goals outlined in the PLA. 

DC Council Passes Anti-Business Bill

  On July 10th, 2013 the DC City Council voted 8 – 5 to pass Bill 20-62, the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013. This legislation as passed would require any large retailer operating within the District of Columbia to pay a living wage of at least $12.50 an hour.   The legislation offers an exemption for any company that has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), even if the agreed upon starting hourly wage in the CBA is less than the previously mentioned living wage. 

Benjamin Carson, M.D., Visits with ABC PAC

  ABC provided me with the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, Benjamin Carson, M.D. on June 18 at a fundraiser for the ABC Maryland Political Action Committee.  I first learned of Dr. Carson by watching a movie on television about his life, “Gifted Hands.” 

ABC Delegation Meets with Congressman Andy Harris

  Maryland ABC members converged on Capitol Hill on June 12 to meet with the Maryland Congressional Delegation. George Nash of Facchina Construction Company, Pamela Volm of Annapolis Contracting and Chris Garvey of ABC Chesapeake Shores met with Congressman Andy Harris (center) on June 12, 2013. 

Update on DC First Source Lawsuit

  In May of 2012, ABC Metro Washington, along with two member contractors and four individuals, filed a Complaint (fancy name for a lawsuit) asking the US District Court for the District of Columbia to strike down as unconstitutional the District’s First Source Employment Agreement Act of 1984. In July of 2012, the District responded with a Motion to dismiss our Complaint. This led to a “battle of the briefs”, with the last brief being filed in October of 2012. We heard nothing from the District Court until March of 2013 when Judge Emmet Sullivan asked the parties to weigh-in on whether or not the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Constitution applies to the District of Columbia.

2013 Legislative Session a Huge Success

  The MD Joint Legislative Committee (JLC) worked tirelessly during the 2013 90-Day session of the Maryland General Assembly.  The Committee reviewed hundreds of bills which potentially had an impact on the construction industry, taking positions and lobbying on behalf of the ABC membership before the various Committees, as well as the House and Senate chambers. 

Patrick Mara for at Large DC Council

  One of the most important functions of ABC is to assist in creating a business environment that promotes the merit shop philosophy and fosters competition.  Elections of local officials provide our member companies the opportunity to affect real change.  The upcoming April 23rd election for an At-Large seat on the D.C. City Council will be no exception. The Board of Directors of ABC of Metro Washington voted unanimously to support the candidacy of Patrick Mara for the At-Large seat on the D.C. City Council.