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Legislation to alter the exemption for specified executive, administrative or professional (EAP) employees from the Maryland Wage and Hour Law was overwhelmingly defeated in the House Economic Matters Committee by a vote of 19-1.


The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday night with a flurry of activity on legislation of interest to ABC and the merit construction industry. Below is a short list of some issues lobbied on by ABC. A more comprehensive report will be forthcoming. 

Pro-Union Workforce Development Bill Killed in Senate Committee

Legislation that would have mandated union representation on all Strategic Industry Partnerships as it related to the Maryland Earn Program was defeated in the Senate Finance Committee.

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. 

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. 

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.

New Authority to Make Certifications for the Center Leg Freeway Redevelopment

Mayor Bowser has issued an executive order delegating the authority to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to make certifications pursuant to the redevelopment of the Center Leg Freeway (Interstate 395) Act of 2010.

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