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Washington Legislative Update: Week of March 18, 2019

Last Wednesday, all non-budget bills had to move out of the house of origin or the bill was considered dead, and the legislature has already begun the second round of policy committee hearings for the bills that passed the opposite house. It's worth noting that this does not mean that an issue could not be reintroduced through the budget as an NTIB (Necessary to Implement the Budget). The cut-off was good for ABC members, as the cut-off deadline resulted in many bills that are bad for the construction economy died a quiet death, including the Qui Tam bill (HB 1965), wage theft (HB 1072 / SB 5035), general contractor liability for subcontractor wages & benefits (SB 5565 / HB 1395), the wrongful death (HB 1135), and the independent contractor bills (HB 1515).  Hyperlinks to these bills are embedded in the attached bill tracking report and the schedule of hearings. Thank you to those among our members for sharing feedback with us on bills in play, and especially to the handful wh ... Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of March 11, 2019

 On Friday evening, HB 1395 came to the House floor for debate, and Republican representatives introduced 19 amendments designed to protect the construction industry, and the bill was prevented from coming to a vote - at least for now!   Read the rest of entry »

Last Chance to Register for An Evening With Bill Messenger

Registration for ABC Presents: An Evening with Bill Messenger ends on Tuesday, February 26.  The reception is open to the public, so we encourage ABC members to invite your contacts to join us.  Contact Gay Huckins to register and hear the lead attorney on the most significant labor law case before the US Supreme Court in decades.  The VIP wine pairing dinner that follows is for ABC members only.  If you’re interested in the VIP event, a fundraiser benefitting ABC PAC, please complete this online pre-authorization form or contact Andy Kaplowitz, ABC of Western Washington’s Vice President of Government Affairs for details.

Washington Legislative Update: Week of February 25, 2019

Last Friday was the last day for the Legislature to pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the House or Senate chamber floor, except for House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees. 
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ABC Membership Benefit Corner: How to Promote Your Business to Fellow ABC Members

Networking is a key ABC membership benefit. Whether it be general contractors looking to bolster resource lists, subcontractors looking to meet generals, or industry professionals and suppliers looking to meet both generals and subs--we all just want to get to know how we can help each other.  Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of February 18, 2019

While snow shut down the Legislature on Monday, everything remained on track as the week came to a close.  We’ve attached our Legislative Tracking Report including 
ABC’s position on numerous bills, along with the list of hearings for this week. Read the rest of entry »

Washington Legislative Update: Week of February 11, 2019

The first four weeks of Washington’s legislative session has generated about 2,000 bills, and there are many more on the way with two full weeks before the cutoff date for new legislation. Between the Washington Construction Industry Council and our own bill tracking, we’re following almost 100 bills for ABC members.  Some have broad implications, including a proposed capital gains tax, a proposed increase in B&O tax rates, and efforts to introduce a single-payer option for health insurance coverage to be considered.  Highlights include: Read the rest of entry »

The 2018-19 Class of Rising Stars Graduates

The 2018-19 class of Rising Stars celebrated the completion of their program with a party at Odin Brewing in Tukwila. Read the rest of entry »

Legislative Update: January 25, 2019

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Rising Stars Came Together to Fight Hunger

In less than two hours, ten of our Rising Star members, along with other volunteers, turned 2,160 pounds of breakfast cereal into 180 cases totaling 720 bags, along with 22 totes, filled with cereal in smaller bags. In a typical day, Food LifeLine’s goal is to create 135,000 meals. In two hours, this crew created 105,000 meals, and Food LifeLine told us they’re going to deploy future volunteers using the process that ABC’s Rising Stars developed on the spot. Read the rest of entry »
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