DC Legislative Wrap Up



The following are the major bills acted on by the DC Legislative Committee during the calendar year 2016. As you will see, ABC had mixed results representing the interests of our members and the merit construction industry.










Bill 21-0689 – Homeowners Protection from Construction Damage Amendment Act of 2016
As introduced the bill would have increased the penalties for a violation of the District’s construction code or zoning regulations. It required that sufficient proof be provided of the identity of the beneficial owner of a Limited Liability Company to apply for a building permit. It also allowed for the government to deny a permit if any beneficial owner had, under the name of their current LLC or a previous one: a criminal conviction or administrative penalty for a construction code violation, three or more stop work orders in any 12-month period: or a revocation of a building permit. In addition, the legislation would have established a Homeowners Protection Fund to be funded by a cash bond paid by any contractor applying for a permit and to be administered by the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED       FINAL DISPOSITION: DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE
 





Bill 21-0655 – Wizards Practice Facility Cost Containment Act of 2016
The bill as introduced would have limited the District’s monetary contribution to the cost of the new arena project at St. Elizabeth’s East Campus to $50,000,000. This finite cap mandated that the developer (The District) pass on all additional cost generated from new legislation, changes in regulations or design amendments to the contractor.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED         FINAL DISPOSITION: DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE





Bill 21-0564 – Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2016
The bill would have prohibited the sale and use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the District of Columbia by January 1, 2022 on all residential and commercial property. The legislation also mandated that violators were subject to a fine of $500 per violation.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED      FINAL DISPOSITION: DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE





Bill 21-0712 – Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016
The law will increase the minimum wage in the District to $15.00 an hour in the year 2020 and increase the minimum wage during each successive year starting in 2021 in proportion to the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED      FINAL DISPOSITION: PASSED
 







Bill 21-0711 – Wage Theft Prevention Revision Amendment Act of 2016
This was the final version of the previous 6 wage theft emergencies that have been passed and served as the temporary legislation in the absence of permanent regulations from the Wage Theft Amendment Act of 2014. The current legislation included the recommended changes to business record keeping protocol and access. It also amended the minimum wage law notice requirements by allowing electronic acknowledgement from an employee to be sufficient. It also more narrowly defined the types of labor and employee organizations are able to bring a legal case on behalf of an aggrieved employee.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED      FINAL DISPOSITION: PASSED








Bill 21-334 – Procurement Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Amendment Act of 2016
The legislation reformed the District’s procurement process. The legislation established the Office of the Ombudsman for Contracting and Procurement, made changes to the City Council’s review of contracts and increased transparency in the District’s contracting and procurement practices. In addition, the legislation mandated the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) on District funded projects with a total cost of $75 Million or more. The law did however allow for the Mayor to remove the requirement if they deemed that the use of a PLA was not in the best interest of the District.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED       FINAL DISPOSITION: PASSED
 







Bill 21-0515 – Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015
The legislation established a paid family medical leave program in the District that would charge a .62% payroll tax to all non government employees within the District. The funds will be used to establish new government agency to manage the government run paid leave program that would offer 8 weeks of leave for the birth and/or adoption of a child, 6 weeks of leave for illness to a direct family member and 2 weeks of leave for an individual. The program would reimburse employees for the duration of their approved leave for an amount not to exceed $1,000 weekly.
ABC POSITION: OPPOSED        FINAL DISPOSITION: PASSED