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Featured Content: Construction Safety Week, Golf Tournament, General Assembly Wrap-Up, Excellence in Construction, STEP, What's Coming Up
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May 6-10 is Construction Safety Week
ABC has a commitment to safety. We encourage your companies to host Safety Week events to emphasize the importance of job-site safety. Let's prevent potential injuries and/or fatalities - bring every man and woman home safely! 

What will you do for Construction Safety Week 2019? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see posts we share from Members who are participating.

We'll also be recognizing all 2019 STEP award recipients for their continued efforts towards a world-class safety culture. Apply for STEP today to start your journey! Submit by June 1, 2019 to be recognized at our annual Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 19. 
Let's Par-Tee! Foursomes Selling Fast, Sponsors Needed
ABC Chesapeake Shores is taking over Queenstown Harbor Golf Course in Queenstown, MD for our annual Stanley Cup Golf Tournament on Friday, June 14, 2019. We've sold out THREE years in a row! Don't miss your chance to be a part of this premier event with our Chapter! 
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2019 General Assembly Adjourns - The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday, April 8, 2019 with a flurry of activity on legislation of interest to ABC and the merit construction industry.  Below is a short list of some issues lobbied on by ABC.  A more comprehensive report will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions regarding these bill or any others introduced during the 2019 session, please contact Chris Garvey at 410-267-0347.
 
MINIMUM WAGE- ENACTED
Maryland became the 6th state to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.  It will increase to $11 next January, followed by increases of 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024 before reaching $15 in 2025.  The bill was vetoed by the Governor but the General Assembly overrode his veto.
ABC opposed the bill with concerns about the difference in demographics across the state and how it would impact the industry in those jurisdictions outside the metropolitan areas.  ABC also expressed concern about the impact it would have on the apprenticeship programs and their ability to establish rates based on a percentage of the journeyman’s rate.
 
RENEWABLE ENERGY- ENACTED
The state’s Renewal Energy Portfolio standard would increase from 25% by 2020 to 50% by 2030 with focus on off-shore wind and solar energy.  ABC did not take a position on the legislation as drafted but was dragged in to the debate based on amendments added at the request of organized labor which provides for Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on the off shore wind projects.  Despite a strong lobbying effort by ABC and other concerned business groups against the PLA language, it remained in the final bill. 
 
FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE INSURANCE PROGRAM- DEFEATED
 The bill would have established a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program which would have provided up to 12 weeks of benefits to an employee who is taking partially paid leave from employment due to caring for family members or the employee’s own health condition.  The bill would impact all employers who would have to pay a portion of the contributions to fund the program and establish a mechanism to add the contributions to their payroll systems.  ABC strongly opposed the bill which did not get out of committee.  The bad news is that it will be back next year.
 
PROCUREMENT- PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTS- OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS- DEFEATED
Safety is a major priority for ABC and the merit construction industry but this bill went way beyond the necessary safety information required when bidding on a state project.  One of ABC’s major objections was a requirement that a questionnaire be required and based on how a contractor scores, could be prohibited from bidding on state work.  ABC argues that several of the existing safety programs overseen by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (soon to be renamed the Department of Labor) provide the necessary protections for workers and companies engaged in this work.  ABC opposed the bill and was able to convince the committee that the legislation as drafted was too broad and punitive in nature.
2019 Excellence in Construction - Now Accepting Applications Online!
Submit one of your completed projects in this year's Excellence in Construction awards. Be named one of the best merit shop companies in 2019! This competition serves to raise the construction standards throughout the industry by honoring quality craftsmanship produced by merit shop contractors and their employees.

Eligible projects must be completed by June 1, 2019. 
Intent to Compete deadline is June 28, 2019 (registration of project).
Full application must be submitted by July 12, 2019. 


APPLY HERE >>
Promote a World-Class Safety Culture - Apply for ABC's Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Today!
Download our STEP Checklist here >>
A Member's STEP status is active for one calendar year. Any company who has not completed the 2019 STEP application does not have a current STEP level. Resubmit today!

APPLY TODAY >>
Must apply by June 1 to be awarded at this year's Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards banquet on September 19.
MAY 2019
What's Coming Up
May 9
Spring Network at Savage Stone

May 10
Rockfish Tournament
Charter anglers sold out! Last chance to RSVP with a personal vessel.

May 22
ABC MD Graduation

Friday, June 14
Stanley Cup Golf Tournament
Sponsorship's still available!

June 23-27
ABC National Legislative Week

Friday, June 28
Excellence in Construction Award Submission Intent to Compete Deadline
Apply Here

Friday, July 12

Excellence in Construction Award Submission Completed Application Deadline
Apply Here

Wednesday, July 17

JM Tawes Crab & Clam Bake

Thursday, July 25
Eastern Shore Crab & Cruise

SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, September 19

Excellence in Construction & Safety Awards Banquet

Friday, December 13
Holiday Gala
Sponsor Spotlight



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