We wanted to keep our members informed of recent legislative action in our neighboring Virginia. This is particularly important for those that live, work or do business in Virginia. This is an Action Alert from Pat Dean, President at ABC Virginia Chapter.
The construction industry in the Commonwealth is facing a policy crisis. Legislation recently introduced by the Democrat majorities will replace Virginia's Fair and Open Competition Act. These bills, (SB 182) and (HB 358) will allow the state and local governments the ability to mandate PLAs on public works construction projects.
Other noteworthy legislation, introduced by Sen. Saslaw (SB 8) and Del. Carroll Foy (HB 833) would result in prevailing wage requirements on state construction projects at rates set by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act. Saslaw’s bill sets a threshold of $250,000, while Foy’s bill does not set one. However, the House Labor and Commerce Committee could amend it this evening to include a threshold or allow localities to mandate a prevailing wage.
We need your support! It is imperative that you contact the following Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee members regarding these issues as soon as possible. Please take a moment to review the attached Message to Lawmakers template. This template can be altered and used when e-mailing committee members. If you prefer to call rather than e-mail, phone numbers have also been provided.
Please contact me with any questions.
Thank you for your support.
Patrick J. Dean
Associated Builders and Contractors - Virginia Chapter
Giving Construction Professionals the Competitive Advantage
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