Construction Legislative Week in Review
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AGC/ Coalition Seek HOS Exemption in FMCSA Meeting
Enviroment
FHWA Announces Environmental Rule Changes
Events
AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting Registration Open
WebEd: 2018 Election Impacts on YOUR Construction Market
Safety Management Training Course | February 11-13, 2019 | Omaha, NE
Awards
20th Annual AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA)
Elections
Get out the Vote 2018
 
In five days, general and specialty contractors, service providers, and suppliers have a unique opportunity to shape our future by helping to elect 35 US senators, 435 US representatives, 36 governors, and many statewide and local officials.
 
The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake in this election. It is critical that we elect local, state, and federal leaders who are willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the industry and its workforce.
 
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has prepared the following resources to help inform you and promote voting: 
 
Thank you for your support in helping to get out the construction vote!
 
For more information, contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or (202) 547-5013. 
 
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Human Resources
AGC/ Coalition Seek HOS Exemption in FMCSA Meeting
 

Construction coalition meets with FMCSA Administrator to Discuss HOS Exemption
 
AGC organized a meeting with the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the agency’s top management team to discuss the need for a construction industry exemption from hours of service (HOS) restrictions. A coalition of 13 construction industry groups are working cooperatively on the exemption request and were all represented at the meeting. 
 
The coalition made three main points to FMSCA. First, trucks are an integral part of on-site construction activity because of the industry’s heavily reliance on them to move materials and equipment. Second, construction drivers are not driving many hours nonstop as much of their driving is of a short duration. Third, Congress and FMCSA provided some limited exemptions for segments of the industry that are helpful, but that these exemptions cause confusion and administration issues making a broad industry exemption a more reasonable approach.
 
FMCSA acknowledged the group’s concerns and encouraged it to submit a formal industry exemption request. FMCSA just ended taking comments on its HOS regulations that sought input on a variety of suggestions to make the rules more flexible and easier to administer. AGC and the coalition submitted comments in response to the FMCSA initiative which included the request for an industry exemption. The coalition continues to work cooperatively in seeking relief from these onerous requirements. 
 
For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319.
 
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Enviroment
FHWA Announces Environmental Rule Changes
 
This week the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released revised rules intended to streamline National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review requirements and adjust other key environmental rules to speed up and ensure “greater consistency” in the permitting of surface transportation projects. The rule changes also allow the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to adopt the same procedures as the FHWA and to coordinate environmental reviews with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The revisions will ensure that state agencies can produce a single environmental document, as well as combine a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), EIS with a Record of Decision (ROD), or ROD document for any project. Another key provision allows projects that are within the highway right-of-way to use the far less onerous and cumbersome categorical exclusion (CE) provisions for the environmental review. 
 
In making the release FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson said, “We anticipate increased project efficiency and the elimination of confusion for multimodal projects. The rule also updates some of our environmental rule policies and ensures greater consistency, reducing duplicative efforts, and reiterating the ability to produce a single environmental document.”
 
AGC worked for the inclusion of these and other environmental streamlining provisions in both the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) transportation authorization bills. AGC also provided comments to FHWA in January of 2017 and November of 2017 as it proposed the rule changes over the past three years.
 
For more information, contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319.
 
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Events
AGC Financial Issues Committee Winter Meeting Registration Open
Early Registration Ends November 30, 2018
 
The AGC Financial Issues Committee (FIC) winter meeting will be held January 10-11 at the JW Marriott Turnberry Resort in Miami, Florida. Visit the meeting site to register and book your stay!
 
Member company CFOs, controllers, tax directors, sureties, and other senior accounting professionals who seek an opportunity to learn about and discuss financial issues facing the construction industry as well as formulate positions on tax and accounting matters for the association should attend. Meetings center around discussions with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), practitioners, and financial officer breakout groups on topics including internal controls, project performance reviews, and cybersecurity solutions. Attendees also have an opportunity to network and discuss matters like audit issues, executive and congressional action on federal tax policy, and best practices for industry professionals.
 
At the committee’s earlier meeting this summer in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) addressed attendees and provided them with a legislative update. He also addressed the recently passed tax reform legislation and discussed how it impacts the construction industry and industry priorities. The group was also privy to a presentation on the new “Opportunity Zones,” created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act from Shay Hawkins, tax counsel to U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), received an update on the implementation of new accounting standards, and heard from AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson about the economic outlook for construction.
 
For more information, contact Matthew Turkstra at matt.turkstra@agc.org or (202) 547-4733.
 
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WebEd: 2018 Election Impacts on YOUR Construction Market
Nov. 8, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
 
Elections have consequences. And, those consequences can have implications for your construction business and marketplace—public or private. What will happen to the regulatory rollback? Is Congress likely to pass broad and far-reaching infrastructure legislation in 2019? Will the odds of legislation on workforce development, immigration reform, and multiemployer pensions improve? What state construction-related ballot initiatives have passed or failed? Register today for AGC’s Post-Election Webinar to hear answers to these questions and more on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. 
 
The webinar is free to AGC members. Visit the AGC WebEd page to register today.  
 
For more information, contact Jimmy Christianson at christiansonj@agc.org or (703) 837-5325.
 
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Safety Management Training Course | February 11-13, 2019 | Omaha, NE
Early Bird Registration ends October 31, 2018
 
The AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees with three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. The SMTC program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel. Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program. Visit the Safety Management Course page page for more information.
 
For more information, contact Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org.  
 
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Awards
20th Annual AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA)
Deadline for Submitting Applications is December 14, 2018
 
The AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors, service providers, and suppliers of all types and sizes. CSEA recognizes companies that develop and implement premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that achieve continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management system. So, don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! Please visit agc.org/csea for more information on the AGC-WTW CSEA program.
 
For more information, contact Nazia Shah at (703) 837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org.  
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