Newsletter|February 26, 2024

February’s Government Affairs Update

 

Join us at our annual Legislative Day on May 7 & 8!

Mark your calendars for a special opportunity to forge relationships with some of the most influential legislators in California government. We will be hosting our annual PAC Fundraising Dinner on May 7 at the Camden Spit & Larder Restaurant during the 2024 Legislative Day.

On May 8, we will take a walk through the Capitol building and meet with various legislators to discuss policies that impact contractors and the construction industry. To register, click here. Contact Chris O’Connor at OconnorC@agc-ca.org if you have any questions.

Registration is open for the 2024 PGA Barracuda Championship Experience!

You are invited to participate in AGC of California’s most impactful political fundraiser of the year at the PGA Barracuda Championship Experience on July 20 to 21 in Truckee, California.

In addition to strengthening the political might of the construction industry, you will be able to experience an exclusive two-day getaway with VIP entry for two to an all-inclusive hospitality tent and up-close access to the PGA golfers. Click here to view our flyerClick here to register.
Contact Chris O’Connor at OconnorC@agc-ca.org if you have any questions.

Don’t forget to register for AGC of California’s 2024 Virtual Airport Showcase!

AGC of California invites you to tune into this year’s Virtual Airport Showcase on Monday, April 15 from 10 – 11 a.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from representatives from California’s largest airports to discuss upcoming capital projects, delivery methods, bid opportunities, and so much more. Join us as we hear presentations from Los Angeles World Airports: Los Angeles International Airport (LAWA: LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Hollywood-Burbank Airport (BUR), with more to be announced soon!

Click here to register for the showcase. Members are encouraged to invite multiple members from their team to attend as many presentations as possible. Please reach out to Payton Montes at MontesP@agc-ca.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Sign up now for AGC of California’s 2024 Virtual Higher Education Showcase

AGC of California invites you to join us for our first-ever Virtual Higher Education Showcase, taking place on March 11 from 10 – 11 a.m. This year, we will be convening personnel from colleges and universities from across the state to discuss their ongoing capital programs, delivery methods, bid opportunities, and so much more.

We hope to see you there as we hear presentations from Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD).
Click here to register for the event. Members are encouraged to invite multiple members of their team to attend as many presentations as possible. Please feel free to contact Brian Mello at MelloB@agc-ca.org if you have any questions.

AGC of California Support Letter: Mayor Bass Executive Directive 7

On Nov. 8, 2023, Mayor Bass signed Executive Directive NO.7 Streamlining and Accelerating Housing Production. At a high level, the directive aims at streamlining the CEQA process, permitting process and intergovernmental relations to execute on multifamily housing projects within city lines.  At the direct request of Mayor Bass, AGC of California sat down to discuss with the Office of Business and Economic Development. The city is looking for AGC of California’s unfiltered input on barriers of entry, and issues limiting the execution of multifamily projects. This would include Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, LADWP, BOE, DPS, etc. Under the directive, Mayor Bass has ordered the Office of Business and Economic Development to establish a working group with those agencies to discuss the concerns/barriers we provide to the Mayor’s Office.

In a response to Mayor Bass’s Executive Directive 7, AGC of California submitted a response letter with industry feedback to be considered.  This will be the first step of advocacy on this matter. We will be working to have further dialogue with the city moving forward.  As more information is released AGC of California staff will update members in a timely manner.
For more information on this initiative please contact Brian Mello at MelloB@agc-ca.org.

All AGC of California members are invited to our upcoming Legislative Committee meetings!

Join us at our upcoming Legislative Committee meetings to learn more about legislation that impacts the construction industry and have your voice heard! Click the links below to register for our upcoming meetings in 2024:
March 15 at 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (In-Person): Click here to register
April 4 at 2:30 – 4 p.m. (Virtual): Click here to register

For more information, please contact Chris O’Connor at OconnorC@agc-ca.org.

OSHSB proposes new lead standard

On Feb. 15, California’s Division of Occupational Health and Safety Standards Board (OSHSB) proposed a new lead standard.

When will the new Lead Regulation Take Effect? 
The current language is currently under review by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and the implementation date will be pushed back to Jan. 1, 2025, giving companies time to comply with the new requirements.

Key Added or Changed Provisions in the new Lead Standard:

  • Permissible Exposure Limit to lead will be reduced from 50µg/m3 of air to 10µg/m3 
  • Action Level for airborne lead will be reduced from 30 µg/m3 to 2 µg/m3
  • Blood lead level monitoring will now be required for all workers who’s BLL is at or above 10 µg/dl, the previous BLL was set to 40 µg/dl.

What does this mean? 
With such a significant decrease in the PEL, employers will need to implement engineering controls on jobsite more frequently to ensure exposure limits are below the new PEL of 10µg/m3. We may also see an uptick in lead poisoning cases in California due to the 40 percent decrease in the blood lead level threshold that would remove workers from a job.

Throughout the entirety of the implementation process, AGC of California has been actively engaged, providing both written and verbal comments. Specifically, we addressed concerns regarding the significant decrease in PEL and AL, the lack of clarity surrounding the criteria for identifying individuals as “unfit to work,” and the potential burdens this revision may impose on employers.

For further details and to review the new draft language, please click here. For additional inquiries or assistance, please contact Tresten Keys at KeysT@agc-ca.org

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