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Major Changes proposed for the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program

  On Tuesday, November 19th, members of the DC City Council introduced two pieces of legislation that would drastically alter the way in which Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) are regulated and operated within the District. The first piece of legislation was Bill 23-0545, the “Small Business Procurement Reform Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019” was introduced by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie and had 6 other co-introducers. The second piece of legislation was Bill 23-0549, the “Local Business Support Amendment Act of 2019”. Bill 23-0549 was co-introduced by Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and David Grosso.   As currently introduced, this legislative package would create a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Ombudsman. This independent authority would oversee all complaints; disputes and questions related to the CBE process. The Ombudsman would be an independently appointed position and would be appointed to individual 5-year terms. As part of new department, the legislation ...


  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.

The District’s Newest Attempt at Project Labor Agreements: Bill 22-0959, the East End Health Equity Act of 2018.

  On Tuesday, November 13th, the DC City Council held its first of two votes on Bill 22-0959, the “East End Health Equity Act of 2018”. The legislation as introduced would use $300 Million in District Funds to construct a new health care facility, managed by George Washington University Hospital on the grounds of the old St. Elizabeth’s (east campus). As part of the legislation, there was an amendment to remove the Certificate of Need (CON) for the project. Included in this amendment, was language requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as specified under the Procurement and Integrity Act of 2016. 

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DCRA Construction Code Updates

  On Friday, September 28th the DC Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and the Construction Codes Coordinating Council released the proposed updates to the 2017 Construction Codes. The codes in its entirety will be open for review until the close of business on Monday, October 29, 2018.  A copy of the code may be found via the District’s website 2017 DC Construction Code.

DC: Office of Public-Private Partnerships Delegation of Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2018

  On July 10th, the DC City Council passed Bill 22-894, the “Office of Public-Private Partnerships Delegation of Authority Temporary Amendment Act of 2018.” The legislation as passed removes contracting and procurement authority from the office of Public-Private Partnerships and places them within the Office of Contract and Procurement (OCP) until September 18, 2018, the date the council returns from its summer recess.

ABC of Metro Washington’s Letter to the Editor: D.C. contractors want to hire local, but there’s a shortage of skills

  Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington’s members want to hire local residents. Over the years, D.C.’s First Source law has changed, but the results remain the same. ABC has a robust training academy that offers numerous skilled trades and apprenticeship programs and partners with schools, government agencies and community groups to prepare residents for careers in the construction industry.

A Message from the President

  I’m pleased to announce a major victory for ABC members and the construction industry.
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