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The Halfway Point

Despite the crisis, ABC Pennsylvania’s government affairs program has been active and has made a difference. We strengthened relationships with associations in sharing information, resources, and intelligence. Our grassroots advocacy network has grown by nearly 50 percent. We topped 1,100 calls and emails into the Governor and Legislature on issues of concern.

Important Resources for the Construction Industry’s Re-opening

Starting Friday, May 1, employers in the construction industry can, if they so choose, resume work on construction projects. Businesses that open must adhere to strict construction guidance issued by the Governor. The guidelines require employers to develop, implement, and enforce safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as enforcing social distancing, providing hand washing stations, and identifying a “pandemic safety officer.”

ABC Pennsylvania Applauds Passage of House Bill 2400

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania (ABC Pennsylvania) lauded passage of House Bill 2400, introduced by Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) and 103 co-sponsors, which would activate public and private construction projects that have been shut down if they can adhere to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

ABC PA Board Chairs Send Letter to Governor Wolf Asking Him to Reconsider His Intention to Veto Senate Bill 613

The Pennsylvania House and Senate passed legislation that would allow businesses to re-open that adhere to federal guidelines for social distancing and other health and safety protocols.  The bill would also bring the Commonwealth in line with many other states who follow these same guidelines. Unfortunately, Governor Wolf has said he intends to veto the bill when it reaches his desk. ABC Pennsylvania Board Chairs sent a letter to the governor asking him to reconsider his veto. Read the full letter:

Advocating in Challenging Times

First, thank you for your membership with ABC. I understand there are challenges facing every member and realize advocacy may be the farthest thing from your minds. Please know that while our tactics have changed, ABC PA remains at the forefront in communicating our message. I want to share the most recent advocacy activities we initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABC PA Calls on Governor Wolf to Grant Waiver for the Construction Industry

(HARRISBURG, PA.) This statement can be attributed to the five chapters that make up the Associated Builders and Contractors of Pennsylvania (“ABC PA”): Central Pennsylvania Chapter; Cumberland Valley Chapter; Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter; Keystone Chapter; and Western Pennsylvania Chapter. There is no doubt the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic has disrupted and impacted our daily lives and measures are needed to limit the spread.  The construction industry has been doing our part in sharing information, resources, and best practices.  Many of our members build the supply chain for the very ‘life-sustaining businesses’ that are required to remain open. 

Coronavirus Resources for Employers – A Legislative Update

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted businesses around the world.  In response, the U.S. Congress and Trump Administration are working on a series of legislative “packages” to assist the healthcare industry, individuals, and businesses. The first bill to reach the President’s Desk was $8.3 billion in financial aid to public health agencies for vaccines, tests, and treatments. The second bill, signed by the President this week, is a $104 billion package aimed to help individuals impacted by COVID-19 by providing free testing and enhancing employer-based paid sick leave and paid medical leave, among other provisions. The third omnibus, which has not yet been unveiled, is expected to send direct payments to Americans and provide financial aid to businesses.  Altogether, the three legislative packages are expected to top $1 trillion.

ABC Announces Support for Infrastructure Investment

On behalf of the five chapters of the Associated Builders & Contractors throughout Pennsylvania, collectively known as ABC PA, we are writing to advocate in support of legislation that would provide additional resources for the Commonwealth’s infrastructure and development efforts.

Changes in Store for PA House Agenda

Just one week after the November election that upended Congressional Republican plans for 2019, the state House and Senate met to formalize their leadership teams for the 2019-2020 legislative session. With the current session set to end at the end of this week, all existing legislation will die off, requiring legislators to re-introduce measures in 2019. But where will those efforts go in the next two years? A look at the new leadership team could decide.

Why Next Week’s Election Matters

Last October, one of the most pro-life conservative Republicans in Congress abruptly resigned amid a personal scandal, bringing all eyes back on Pennsylvania. The resignation of Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) not only left constituents throughout the 18th district without a representative in Congress, but set up the first real litmus test of the Trump administration after a year of service.

ABC of Pennsylvania Legislative Office          

David G. Greineder, IOM, Director of Government Affairs
800 North Third Street, Suite 407
Harrisburg, PA 17102
davidg@abcpa.org

 

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