Volume 22 No. 4 March 7, 2014
Only eight days remain in the 2014 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. With the budgets moving, rumors are running rampant that adjournment may come before the thirtieth legislative day.
AGC’s program continues to roll along as well. House Bill 61 that deals with worker’s compensation has not moved and seems to be dead for the session. Senate Bill 152 that dealt with LEED certification failed resolution in mediation and also seems to be dead for this session. AGC had opposed both of these measures.
House Bill 365 dealing with out of state contractors during declared disasters had been opposed by your association. However, the sponsors of the measure worked with us and amended the bill in such a way that both sides were satisfied. The bill is on its way to the Governor.
House Bill 451 that deals with liens was also opposed by AGC but again our concerns were addressed and we have withdrawn our opposition.
We would be remiss if we did not thank our attorney, Lister Hubbard, for his help on these two bills. When negotiating the finer points of construction law, it is important to have someone with expertise in such matters on your side. There is none better than Lister.
Two bills, House Bill 537 and Senate Bill 139, which deal with the Construction Recruitment Institute (Go Build Alabama), are working their way through the system. One is the sunset legislation and the other concerns the makeup of its Board of Directors. AGC supports both.
Finally, Senate Bill 427 is a late entrée into the session. Introduced on March the 4th, the 20th legislative day, this bill deals with creditors trying to collect for their work or supplies through mechanic’s lien, garnishment or sheriff’s homestead sale against individual customers. AGC has concerns with this legislation and is working with the sponsor.
Until next time. . . . . . .
Chris Williams “Legislative Update” is
Director, Governmental Relations another example of your
Association dollar working for you!
The Fourth Annual “Big Machine’s Day” at McWane Center – sponsored by CraneWorks, the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute and Alabama AGC — drew thousands of young students to learn about careers on construction.
“This is a natural fit for ACRI’s Go Build Alabama campaign,” said Jason Phelps, ACRI director. “’Big Machines Day’ and ‘If I Had a Hammer’ are both excellent opportunities to promote the construction industry to the younger generation. The children enjoyed getting to play on the big equipment.
“CraneWorks does an excellent job with ‘Big Machines Day’, providing the opportunity for younger people to learn about our critically important industry.”
WBRC Fox 6’s Mickey Ferguson was on hand to cover the event and interviewed CraneWorks’ Tom Yielding, Alabama AGC’s Jeff Rodgers, and Katie Baasen with the McWane Science Center.
Amy Templeton, McWane Center CEO, said more than 4,000 people attended last year and this year’s attendance far exceeded that.
Industry representatives at the event were Kevin Garrison, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, and Berkowitz; Owen Trotter, Dunn Building Company; Brian Conklin, Brasfield & Gorrie; Jeff Rodgers and Josh Caton, both of AGC, and Jason Phelps, ACRI director.
“If I Had A Hammer,” designed to help children understand the construction industry by letting them work with craftsmen, will be March 6 and 7 at Susan Moore School. On March 20 and 21 “If I Had A Hammer,” will be at the Locust Fork School. On April 3and 4the Cleveland School will be the host and to end the tour with Montevallo School 23and 24.
“The AGC Alternative: A Private Insurance Exchange” to Debut as Early as Summer 2014
AGC of America is planning to launch a new private insurance exchange in cooperation with Willis North America this summer. The new exchange, which will be called “The AGC Alternative,” will allow member firms to deliver better health insurance and related benefits to their employees at a lower cost.
“This new exchange will make it far easier for member firms to provide top quality health insurance and related benefits for their employees,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Our members will now be able to secure the kind of convenient and discounted benefits that a growing number of large employers already enjoy.”
The new private exchange should reduce costs and the administrative burden of providing insurance benefits for the 95 percent of member firms that report they already provide health insurance to their employees. And because the exchange will offer a broader range of options than typically available to individual firms, employers and their employees will get more of the benefits that meet their particular needs.
The new exchange will also make it easier for firms to comply with the Affordable Care Act requirements, Sandherr added. And, unlike many public exchanges, the new private exchange will also provide employees with the guidance and support they need to make good decisions.
Once AGC and Willis complete preparations, including securing a national insurance provider, each member firm will each be able to set up its own private company benefits exchange site for employees. Participating firms will then provide a stipend to their employees, who will use those funds to shop for health insurance and other benefits offered through the exchange.
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