2019 June Contractor Community

ASA of Arizona Legislative Victory 

The American Subcontractors Association is pleased to announce that ASA of Arizona achieved a tremendous legislative victory with the passing of Arizona Senate Bill 1271. SB 1271 limits indemnity agreements in dwelling construction contracts, establishes a construction professional’s right to repair or replace any alleged construction defects prior to the commencement of a dwelling action, and outlines procedures for allocating liability amongst parties to a dwelling action. Under Arizona law, a dwelling action is defined as legal action brought against a person or entity engaged in the design, construction or selling of a dwelling found to have a defect. Additionally, a construction professional includes any architect, contractor, subcontractor, developer, builder, builder vendor, supplier, engineer or inspector performing or furnishing the design, supervision, inspection, construction or observation of the construction of any improvement to real property.  

SB 1271 passed the Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by with a vote of 48-11, and was unanimously passed the Arizona State Senate on April 4, 2019. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on April 10, 2019. ASA National wishes to congratulate ASA of Arizona on their relentless work on advocating on behalf of this legislation. Stay tuned to ASA Today to learn more about SB 1271 and ASA Arizona’s journey to make this legislation a reality.  

 ASA of Colorado Legislative Victory! 

The American Subcontractors Association is proud to announce a legislative victory in the state of Colorado! After a four-year effort lead by the ASA of Colorado, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-138 into law on April 16th. SB 19-138 addresses bonding requirements for contractors that are a party to certain public-private initiatives. Under current state law, when a contractor enters into a contract with a county, municipality, school district, or political subdivision, the contractor is required to execute performance bonds and payment bonds. With the enactment of SB 19-138, new payment provisions are offered to the construction industry through the expansion of bonding requirements to projects using public or private money or financing on public real property 

We congratulate ASA of Colorado on their tremendous legislative victory. Stay tuned to ASA Today for further information on SB 19-138 and how its passage effects subcontractors in Colorado!  

 The Construction Industry is Driving the Expansion of Workplace Safety Jobs 

The workplace safety and health career field continues to grow as the construction industry continues to boom. Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of people working in occupational safety and health jobs is predicted to outpace the overall employment growth for the country through 2026. For all career fields, the BLS projects a 7.4 percent gain from 2016 to 2026, increasing the workforce to 167.6 million. Projected gains for occupational safety and health career fields range from 8.1 percent to 10.1 percent, depending on education requirements and job responsibilities. Alan Zilberman, employment economist with the BLS stated that “the number of safety and health positions should continue to grow because industries where safety is a major concern, such as construction, are expanding.”  

 House Hearing on Promoting Economic Growth and Workers Rights 

On April 15, 2019, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing entitled “Promoting Economic Growth: A Review of Proposals to Strengthen the Rights and Protections for Workers.”  The hearing dealt with draft legislation regarding: outsourcing, disclosure information on human capital management, a Security Exchange Commission (SEC) study on stock buyouts and greater accountability in Pay. To learn more information about these legislative proposals or hearing, please visit: https://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hhrg-116-ba16-20190515-sd002-u2_-_memo.pdf 

 

 

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