CAPHCC Legislative Year In Review by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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PHCC of California’s Year in Review Legislation Final 2014 Recap The 2014 session is over and here are the results from the bills we tracked. The 2015 session reconvened in January – so more legislation is on its way. One of the real stinker bills was AB 2416 (Gordon) that would have allowed workers to file a wage lien upon real …

PHCC National Update by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, Executive Vice President

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Congress Releases 114th Congressional Calendar. This week House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released the 114th Congressional calendar for 2015.  The calendar confirms that Congress will be in session on the dates selected for the 2015 Legislative Conference (April 22-23, 2015).  PHCC National will soon provide program and registration information.  We hope you will plan to attend this important event. …

PHCC National Update by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, Executive Vice President

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PHCC Fights EPA Expansion of “Waters of the U.S.” On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, PHCC National joined hands with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to submit comments to the EPA requesting the withdrawal of an EPA rulemaking to expand the definition of “waters of the United States.”  The comments were supported by 375 other organizations, including 50 state Chambers of …

Post-Election Report by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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Election Results The big California news is that the Democrats appear to have lost their super majority in both houses. In a statewide election that leaves all statewide offices in Democrat hands, several incumbents apparently lost their seats. Several races are very close and are still being counted. The Secretary of State’s website is monitoring several razor thin races on …

CAPHCC & CFEC Meets w/Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

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O On Monday, October 20 PHCC of California attended a private luncheon with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The purpose of the event was to introduce the merit shop to the mayor and explain to him that we are important stakeholders in the region and deserve to have a seat at the table along with our union competitors. 15 contractors and contractor …

PHCC National Association Report by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, Executive Vice President

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Heard on the Hill.  So often before an election, much is discussed about the potential makeup of Congress in terms of political parties.  Little is discussed about the Committee leadership races on Capitol Hill.  Committees on Capitol Hill are where the “rubber hits the road” in the legislative process.  Success on Capitol Hill is always about maintaining strong relationships with …

Legislative Update by CAPHCC Lobbyist, Richard Markuson

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Final 2014 Recap We mentioned last time that the Legislature adjourned for the year – leaving taxpayers and merit-shop contractors safe for a couple months. Governor Jerry Brown took action – and here are the results. AB 155 (Alejo) Oppose. First ever State-Mandated PLA. Authorizes Monterey County Water Resources Agency to award a design-build contract but requires the agency to …

PHCC of California is recognized by PHCC National for Legislative Achievement & Communications Awards

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Sacramento-The PHCC of California (CAPHCC) received numerous awards at the PHCC CONNECT 2014 Convention in New Orleans, LA. PHCC National’s 2014 Legislative Excellence Award was presented to Mike Barker, President and Tracy Threlfall, Executive Vice President of PHCC of California on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel New Orleans in recognition of outstanding achievement in advocacy service on behalf …

PHCC National Association Report by Dr. Gerry Kennedy, EVP, PHCC National

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Beware of Fraudulent Calls Warning of a Hotel Room Shortage in New Orleans.  We have become aware that misleading calls are being made by individuals identifying themselves as associated with the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, the site of the PHCC Convention October 8-10.  These callers are telling attendees that the hotel is sold out and that guests will have to …