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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

FBA DECEMBER 4-5, 2014

SAN DIEGO, CA

 

Thursday, December 4th
8:30am to 4pm - CALTRANS/FBA Workzone Traffic Safety Conference and FBA Vendor Trade Show
Kearny Mesa Caltrans Facility, 7179-7183 Opportunity Road

 

4pm - FBA Board of Directors Meeting

 

6pm - Vendor Cocktail Reception

 

Friday, December 5th
9am - General Membership Meeting

11am - Memorial Golf Tournament


DOWNLOAD MEETING CALENDAR, GOLF AND VENDOR REGISTRATION.

 

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New Leadership in State Senate

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 17, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Use Third-Party Contractors for Labor?  Take Heed!
  • More on New Sick Leave Law

Changing of the Guard In the Senate

State Senate Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg passed the baton Wednesday evening to his successor, Kevin de Leon, in a gala held at the Los Angeles Music Center. 

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Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory as Heat Wave Arrives in Southern California

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 11, 2014

Oakland—Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risk of heat illness, as temperatures in parts of Southern California climb into the upper 90s today and will continue to rise through the weekend and into early next week.

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Streets ‘Safe’ to Walk Again In Sacramento!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- September 5, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Labor Task Force Targets Construction Sites that Commit Wage Theft, Put Workers at Risk
  • Heat Illness Prevention Update – Today’s the Deadline to Hear From You!
  • Dan Walters: ‘California Comeback’ hasn’t helped everyone

Phew!  The 2013-2014 California State Legislative session is now officially over!  Absent the governor calling them back to deal with an emergency or other special need, the 120 members are ‘safe’ within their legislative districts doing one of the following: ‘packing up’ if they are termed-out, ‘laying low’ with their constituency if they are a senator with two years left in their term, or dealing with a forthcoming November election for the remainder of the members.

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Capitol Heats Up With Less Than Two Weeks Remaining

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 21, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Heat Illness Prevention Update
  • Why passage of AB 2416 (Stone) could be BAD For YOU!

Man, I hate this time of year at the Capitol!  With the Legislature set to adjourn at Midnight on Sunday, August 31st, ‘gut and amends’ are raging as the ‘bad’ bills that cleared Suspense last week keep moving!!  This past Monday, August 18th, was the deadline for policy committees to meet before the end of the Session. 

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‘Bad’ Bills Make it Off Suspense!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 15, 2014

Also In This Update

  • Workers' compensation changes draw ire
  • Update on Water Bond and School Bond

Bad News!  ‘Bad’ Bills Make it Off Suspense! 

As I reported last week, virtually all of the remaining ‘bad’ bills, as well as many of the ‘good’ ones, were placed on their respective Appropriations Committees’ suspense files.  Both committees held their final hearings yesterday to determine which bills remained on suspense (died) and which were approved to move on. 

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Congress Approves $10.9B in Transport Funding

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- August 3, 2014

Congress last Thursday approved a $10.9 billion funding extension for transportation construction projects through May 2015, averting a cutback in federal payments to states that was due to start last Friday.

Senate approval by a vote of 81-13 sent the measure to President Barack Obama to be signed into law after it bounced back and forth between the Senate and House of Representatives this week, raising uncertainty over the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.

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July 31 Important Bills as Legislature Set
To Return for Final Month of Session

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update

The Legislature is on summer recess until August 4th.  Thankfully, things are quiet over the next few weeks!

House HTF Bill Heads to Senate for 2nd Time

First up, the latest on the Highway Trust Fund Act:

In response to the Senate July 29 replacing a House-passed Highway Trust Fund (HTF) stabilization bill with its own proposal to preserve federal highway and transit investment, the House of Representatives today voted 272 to 150 to essentially say “thanks, but no thanks.” 

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Cal OSHA Moves Forward On Changes to Heat Regulations

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update

  • Is Your Business Money Safe in Your Bank???

The Legislature is on summer recess until August 4th.  Thankfully, things are quiet over the next few weeks!

Update on Proposed Heat Regulations
I reported several weeks ago that Cal OSHA has proposed major changes to the existing heat regulations which have been in effect for almost 10 years. 

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Contractor Public Works Registration Fee Program Starts
July 1, 2014

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update

  • Reminder of Other Laws and Employer Requirements Taking Effect Today
  • Legislature Readies for Summer Recess
  • President Puts Heat on Congress to Address Highway Trust Fund
  • CARB Approves Changes to Truck and Bus Regs
  • Draft Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Will Increase Uncertainty, Litigation​​​​​

Public Works Registration For ALL Contractors Starts Today
Take heed!  As I have written numerous times over the past several months, ANY contractor wishing to even bid on ANY type of public work contract in California MUST go online, pay your annual $300 fee and register starting today, July 1, 2014.   While the final requirement won’t fully take effect until next March 1, 2015, registering now will ensure you are covered.  Following is the official announcement from the Department of Industrial Relations which includes the address to their website. 

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Reminder, DIR’s Public Works Registration and Fee Starts July 1, 2014

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update

ALL Primes and Subcontractors Must Register to Perform Public Work
As follow up to my mid-May article about the Department of Industrial Relations new registration fee for ALL public works projects statewide, the authorization for this new program is contained in the budget as a trailer bill that is on the governor’s desk which he will sign momentarily.  EVERY contractor, whether you are a prime or a sub, WILL be required to pay the annual $300 fee IF you want to bid on or perform public work projects anywhere in California.  The $300 fee (paid by credit card) and registration program will be on DIR’s website starting on July 1, 2014; however, the requirement that ONLY registered contractors and subcontractors will be allowed to be listed on bids takes effect March 1, 2015.  The requirement that ONLY registered contractors and subcontractors will be allowed to perform work takes effect April 1, 2015.

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Looking at a New Fee to Replace the Obsolete Gas Tax

By Loren Kaye
President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education

California’s roads and highways are losing their financial base.

The primary tax source to maintain and improve our state’s transportation infrastructure has been eroding for many years. The excise tax paid on each gallon of gasoline does not keep up with inflation, and steadily improving vehicle mileage means fewer taxable gallons of gasoline are purchased for the thousands of miles each car and truck travel on the road.
The challenge to our transportation financing model from improved fuel economy is about to get much worse. Californians are buying thousands of vehicles that use little or no gasoline but still travel the highways as much as gas guzzling taxpayers.

The eroding tax base for road and highway upkeep is nearly unsustainable.

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We’ve Survived the Primaries!

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate

Also In This Update

Congratulations, we survived the primaries!  Thankfully, we all will have our televisions back until after Labor Day when our screens will once again be filled with interminable distortions, half-truths and outright lie’s that candidates and campaigns for and against ballot measure foist upon their opposition.  It’s scary when you think that in the name of the First Amendment, campaigns ‘get away’ with distorting the truth as badly as they often do!  Certainly the opposition could be sued in the courts for lies, but the question always becomes, why bother after the fact in an election; and, what are the costs and the ultimate benefits?  Indeed for the victors, why would they bother, while for the losers, how could you truly measure the effect that the negative ad had on the campaign with enough certainty to convince a jury? 

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