ABC Navigates a Challenging Session During a Difficult Season

Despite a world-wide pandemic, , social distancing, and virtual hearings, the Maryland General Assembly was still able to introduce over 2,300 bills during its 90-day session. ABC identified a list of bills that were given a priority status in terms of our support or opposition. Here is a synopsis of these bills including ABC’s position and the final disposition of …

Legislators Grapple with ‘Essential Worker’ Legislation

Legislation that would provide a broad array of benefits and protections to those workers who continue working during a state-declared emergency is being debated in the Maryland General Assembly. And while the stated goal of the bill [HB 0581; SB 486] would be to safeguard those workers who would be at increased risk, some of the bill’s provisions, such as …

Training Across Maryland

The construction industry continues to experience a skilled worker shortage. The Maryland Department of Labor projects the need for more than 40,000 construction workers by 2026. Across Maryland and the Greater Washington, DC region, four ABC chapters provide exceptional skills and career training to the next generation of construction craft workers. Even the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped ABC’s mission of …

2021 Legislative Preview

Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland’s 2021 legislative session will have a different look and feel in both the Senate and House. To get through the typical 90-day session, each chamber has imposed two distinct reopening approaches to the session because of their respective sizes. As we’ve learned throughout the pandemic, everything is subject to change. For now, here’s …

Union-Only Hurts Local Workers and Contractors

The Baltimore City Council is considering legislation that would have devastating consequences for the local contractors and the local workforce, not to mention the economic health of the City and region. The ‘Baltimore City Project Labor Agreement’ (ordinance 20-0488) would require all contractors on City-funded projects amounting to $25 million or more to employ strictly union labor. Capital improvement projects …

A Preview of the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly

With the death of House Speaker Michael E. Busch at the end of last session and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.’s retirement, advocates for progressive policies are optimistic; the Associated Builders and Contractors, however, have adopted more of a ‘wait-and-see’ approach. Over the past few years, Maryland builders have witnessed the passage of a number of measures – …

2019 Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, The Sad & The Ugly

The 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly adjourned on April 8, 2019.  The session concluded on a sad note with the passing of longtime Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch.  Following the November elections, 17 new Senators and 43 new Delegates took their seats at the beginning of the session in January which changed the composition of many …

H.B. 1134: Getting Trades Back in the Classroom

Last week, a college admissions scandal involving well-to-do families and elite colleges shocked and outraged the nation. But there’s an equally outrageous academic story that doesn’t get enough attention, and it’s been going on for years, too: The dismantling of trade programs at the high school level. When our children are young, we always tell them, you can be whatever …

FAMLI Program: Creating More Harm Than Good

The good intentions of Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program, HB 341, may be overshadowed by the long-term negative impact it would have not just on the construction industry, but also the small business community and Maryland’s economic bottom line.  The legislation would provide up to 12 weeks of benefits to an employee who is taking partially paid or …