H.B. 1 and S.B. 230 are carryovers from last session. ABC has particular concerns over language in the bill which would exempt union construction workers from the requirements contained in the legislation. ABC believes this distorts the competitive balance between union and merit contractors when bidding on state projects. It is also grossly unfair as construction is the only industry singled out in the legislation. For this type of treatment. ABC is also supporting a preemption amendment which would have the state law supersede any local law dealing with this subject. This would keep the other 23 jurisdictions in Maryland from enacting their own local bill similar to what Montgomery County has already done. Contact Bob Zinsmeister if you have any questions at 301-595-9711.