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Governor-Elect Larry Hogan Establishing A Strong Team

  Governor-elect Larry Hogan is putting together a strong team to move Maryland forward over the next four years.  ABC is especially excited by the appointment of Delegate Kelly Schulz as the new Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing Regulation (DLLR).  Delegate Schulz has been a strong supporter of ABC and the merit construction industry while serving on the House Economic Matters Committee.  more>


  The ABC Joint Legislative Committee had its first meeting of the new year on January 12 and will continue to meet every week during the session to evaluate legislation to determine its impact on the ABC membership and the merit construction industry.   


  The ABC Montgomery County Legislative Committee is currently reviewing legislation (Bill 60-14) before the County Council which would mandate employers provide up to 56 hours per year for sick and safe leave to their employees. The unused leave could be carried over which would enable an employee to use up to 80 hours per calendar year.

ABC Members Meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

ABC members Mark Drury, Shapiro and Duncan, Scot Hottel, Harvey W. Hottel Leigh Press, PCC Construction Components and Bob Zinsmeister, Director of Government Affairs met with Congressman Van Hollen on Thursday, November 6 to discuss workforce development issues at both the national and local levels.

Hogan Wins MD, Bowser Wins DC

Republican Larry Hogan was elected Governor of Maryland in a stunning victory over Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Governor-Elect Hogan’s message of reducing taxes and creating a positive economic climate in Maryland resonated with the Maryland voters. 

Councilwoman Muriel Bowser easily won the Mayor’s race by defeating current Councilman David Catania and former Councilwoman Carol Schwartz. ABC of Metro Washington endorsed and supported Mayor-Elect Bowser and looks forward to working with her over the next four years.

Your Vote Counts!

As business leaders, you have heard on more than one occasion,”Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business”. As we are just a week away from the November 4 election day, we urge you and your employees to go to the polls and vote. ABC supports...

"Ban the Box" Legislation

“Ban the Box” legislation is an issue that is garnering attention across the country. The legislation is an attempt to keep employers from asking about past criminal history or activity on their employment applications. While a noble cause, in several instances the bills go well beyond just the application process.

Advocating for a Stronger Educated Workforce - Guest Blogger Gricel Munoz

  As a student from Montgomery College in the Construction Management Program, I value education to its fullest, whether it be in the form of high school, Vocational/Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities, and the continuation of professional development. The fact is that education will keep our industry moving forward.

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.