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PLA Feedback Requested- Deadline August 13

  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District has issued a survey requesting feedback from the contracting community about the potential use of a project labor agreement (PLA) on a contract to construct the Medical Clinic Replacement at Fort Knox, Kentucky. To review and respond to the USACE survey, click here.

In addition, we've included a template contractors can customize to help with their response. Before submission, please rename the document, pay close attention to the highlighted text and customize it as much as possible.  Template download >

Governor Hogan Announces Purple Line Will Move Forward

  Governor Hogan recently announced that the State will go forward with the construction of the Purple Line saving more than $500 million as a result of design changes and additional local and private-sector funding.  The Purple Line is a 16-mile light rail line extending from Bethesda to New Carrollton.  

District of Columbia Truck Idling

  Last week representatives of the Chapter met with representatives of the DC Department of the Environment (DDOE) and the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) to discuss concerns about truck idling. DDOE is asking companies to make sure that they are aware of the District's idling laws and to consider placing "No Idling" signs at job sites.

Prince George’s County Announces New Fee Schedule

  Effective July 1, 2015, a new fee schedule went into effect for the Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspection and Enforcement.  The new fee schedule is available to view here. 

Minimum Wage in the District of Columbia is Now $10.50 Per hour

  Beginning July 1, 2015, the minimum wage in the District of Columbia will increase from $9.50 per hour to $10.50 per hour for all workers, regardless of size of employer. The Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2013 was signed into law on January 15, 2014 after unanimous passage by the D.C. Council and includes provisions to further increase the minimum wage through 2016.

ABC Representatives Meet with Congressman Andy Harris

ABC representatives took the time to meet and thank Congressman Andy Harris at the ABC National Legislative Conference this week.  Congressman Harris is a strong supporter of ABC and our issues.

(Picture from l-r:  Gil Dissen, Dissen & Juhn; Chris Garvey,
ABC Chesapeake-Shores; Bob Zinsmeister, ABC of Metro Washington; Pamela Volm,
ABC National Chair; Bill Simons, Coakley & Williams Construction;
Congressman Harris; Amy Thomas, ABC Chesapeake-Shores, Tom Kingston,
Skillforce; Barrett Tucker, Allan Myers MD, Inc.)

DC Begins Land Acquisition for Soccer Stadium

  The DC City Council has issued a notice of intent to consider PR21-210 "Omnibus Soccer Stadium Contracts Approval Resolution of 2015" on June 30th, 2015 which will allow the council to approve four land purchase contracts for assemblage for the DC United Soccer Stadium. Learn more here. 

Hearing on Fair Minimum Wage Act

  The DC Board of Elections and Ethics will hold a public hearing on July 1 to determine if the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2016 is a proper subject for a ballot initiative. The initiative as presented would raise DC's minimum wage to $12.50 per hour in July of 2017, and then raise it each year after that until it reaches $15 per hour by July 2020.

Montgomery County Council to Vote on Sick and Safe Bill

  Following a worksession on the mandatory paid sick leave legislation, the Council has scheduled a vote on the bill on June 23.  ABC and other business groups have expressed interest in the cost and administrative burden which will fall on the employer.  ABC is also concerned about local jurisdictions enacting their own legislation, each different from their neighbors, further compounding the problem for employers to comply. Contact Bob Zinsmeister with questions.

ABC Invited to Participate In State MOSH Workgroup

  Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary of the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz have invited ABC to participate on a workgroup involving the operational dynamics of Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health Program (MOSH).  The objective of the workgroup is to have a frank discussion in evaluating the effectiveness of MOSH program, as a traditionally operated state plan under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).  learn more here >