Legislation

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement supporting introduction of legislation to strengthen manufacturing by U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan: "The Association of Equipment Manufacturers commends the introduction of the National Institute of Manufacturing Act to strengthen the manufacturing sector and ensure the future competitiveness of U.S.

President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 2157 – the "Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019" – on June 6 that provides $19.1 billion to cover recovery and other costsassociated with a series of catastrophic disasters that have struck the United States over the past three years.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in support of the new, bipartisan, Restoring Investment in Improvements Act that is designed to fix a drafting error in the 2017 tax law that set the depreciation schedule for commercial property improvements at 39 years instead of 15: "Many construction projects are being delayed or reconsidered because of a drafting error that set the wrong timeline for depreciating the cost of commercial property improvements.

Legislators in 37 states have introduced 185 bills aimed at boosting transportation investment in the first two months of 2019, a new analysis finds. This number is higher than the amount of legislation the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC) tracked over the same time period last year and is projected to grow as additional measures are introduced throughout the year.

New Mexico's booming oil and gas industry could soon hit a speed bump if a proposed bill creating a four-year moratorium on any new state permits for hydraulic fracturing permits passes. "All we want is clean air and clean water," said Samuel Sage, a member of the Navajo Nation's Counselor Chapter House, who appeared at New Mexico's state Capitol to support the bill, USA Today reported.

The repeal of a 103-year old federal procurement rule would remove a major regulatory roadblock and "spur investment in and deployment of new technologies that promise to help advance safety, alleviate traffic congestion and improve our nation's highways," the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) told the U.S.

Work zones in Pennsylvania will soon get a little safer. A bill to put speed cameras in active construction zones on the state's highways, as well as the turnpike, was approved by the Pennsylvania Senate on Oct. 2, and is now on its way to Gov. Wolf, the Reading Eagle reported.

On July 25, the House approved the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), sending the legislation to President Trump for his signature. This action comes on the heels of Senate passage on July 23.

Congressional Approval is an Important Step in Addressing Skills Gap by Making It Easier for School Officials to Set up and Support Programs Exposing Students to High-Paying Careers Like Construction The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E.

On April 5, 2018, Maryland Senate Bill 853 was enacted into law as Chapter 17. The new law, which takes effect on Oct. 1, 2018, will hold general construction contractors liable for state wage violations when their subcontractors take advantage of their workforce and do not pay wages and benefits on-time as required by law.

A higher gas tax that took effect July 1, 2017 has brought in millions of dollars to help pay for much-needed improvements to South Carolina's roads and bridges. According to Christy Hall, head of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the agency anticipates receiving around $149 million in 2018 for these projects, The State reported.