Legislative Update News
Monday, January 21, 2019 The Legislative Session’s first full week has been active where we have advanced our bill on the Statue of Limitations and are up against all public government. As you know AGC has addressed this issue in the past with DGS and DGS still has not moved from its position. It will be an uphill fight with several hurdles to get past. Even if we are to get this out of both Chambers, the Secretary of Administration has said she does not like the bill and will advise the Governor to Veto the bill. We are working with several organizations to show broad support: ABC, NAWIC, VCPA, NFIB, VA Chamber, Hispanic Chamber, the Black Business Alliance and local Chambers. In addition we are leveraging our new software – VoterVoice to activate our members to contact their legislators AGCVA VoterVoice Other bills we are are working on include:
- A minimum wage increase is advancing in the Senate and may well get out of that body on Monday.
- 2 bills moving through the legislature are good for workforce development. One elevates the Governors Workforce Liaison to a Secretary position and a second bill mandates Workforce Development Boards establish a path to workforce for youth.
- We have prevented a mandate to require 75% of your jobsite workforce reside from Virginia – while we are not opposed and encourage our members to hire people locally, the mandate is another burden contractors do not need to deal with.
- We also tried to work with ASA in drafting language that would allow subcontractors to file a civil cause of action lawsuit against a contractor who did not pay timely.ASA wanted the bill to go further and eliminate all rights of set off – which is currently a contractual situation. AGCVA defeated the bill in committee.
- Several bills attempt to change the definition of small business and are working their way through committees.
- One bill mandates contractors who bid on any public project, other than competitive sealed bid, must disclose all contributions to public foundations and institutions.