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Newsletter|July 24, 2023

July’s Government Affairs Update

AGC of California's latest government affairs news and updates.

Register now to hear our Mid-Year Legislative Update

Join AGC of California for a 2023 Mid-Year Legislative Update on July 25 at 9 a.m. At this virtual meeting, AGC of California’s legislative advocates will answer questions from members and discuss the progress of legislation that would impact contractors and the larger construction industry. To register, click here.

Learn more about the Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) Regulation

The Advanced Clean Fleets (ACF) Regulation will impact contractors that earn $50 million or more in gross annual revenue or have fleets that contain 50 or more vehicles. Review our support documents to better understand the requirements of ACF.

You can review our FAQ document here. To learn more about exemptions and extensions, click here. To read about our reporting, click here.

Please contact Mary Alyssa Rancier, senior policy coordinator, at RancierM@agc-ca.org if you have any questions.

COVID-19 Outbreak definition redefined

In late June, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated the definition of outbreak for California. The updated language reduces the time frame of an outbreak from a 14-day period to a seven-day time period. This change will help reduce the number of outbreak cases as you will now be able to reset your count sooner than the previous definition. An outbreak is now defined as “At least three COVID-19 cases during a seven-day period.”

If you have any questions or would like to know more information contact Tresten Keys, safety and regulatory affairs manager, at KeysT@agc-ca.org

Governor Newsom signs Infrastructure & Budget Legislation to build more, faster

On July 10, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a slate of bills to accelerate critical infrastructure projects across California. The grouping of legislation addresses CEQA streamlining, environmental mitigation, alternative delivery as well as project labor agreements. AGC of California members may recall hearing from the Governor’s Infrastructure Czar, Antonio Villaraigosa, as a keynote speaker during CONSTRUCT 2022. There, Mr. Villaraigosa shared the Governor’s desire to prioritize streamlining efforts on permitting, project delivery and environmental review for infrastructure. AGC of California worked closely with the industry, and California’s business community to advocate for those priorities within any potential infrastructure deal.

If you have any questions or would like to know more information contact Mohamed Umbashi, legislative & public affairs manager, at UmbashiM@agc-ca.org.

Key facts about California’s surface transportation system

Recently released information produced by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit supported by AGC of California, highlights three critical issues concerning the surface transportation system in California that cannot be overlooked. These points highlight that continued capital investment in California roadways produces a safer environment for the commuting public while promoting long-term economic growth.

  1. Investing in California’s surface transportation system improves road conditions and reduces driver costs. A total of 52% of California’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. Driving on deteriorated roads costs California motorists $22 billion a year – $808 per driver – in the form of additional repairs, accelerated vehicle depreciation, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.
  2.  Roadway improvements can reduce traffic crashes and save lives. Traffic crashes in California imposed a total of $41.1 billion in economic costs in 2022. TRIP estimates that a lack of adequate roadway safety features, while not the primary factor, was likely a contributing factor in approximately one-third of all fatal traffic crashes, resulting in $13.7 billion in economic costs in the state in 2022.
  3.  Investing in our transportation system generates jobs, fosters economic recovery and growth, and improves safety. Investments in the surface transportation system will boost California’s economy in the short-term by creating jobs and in the long-term will enhance economic competitiveness, stimulate sustained job growth, improve access and mobility, improve traffic safety, reduce travel delays, and improve road and bridge conditions.

If you have any questions or would like to know more information contact Mohamed Umbashi, legislative & public affairs manager, at UmbashiM@agc-ca.org.

Glancing back: Elected official job walk – Otto Construction and Asm. Stephanie Nguyen

In June, AGC of California, Otto Construction and Consumnes River College hosted an elected official Job Walk in Elk Grove showing off a beautiful new science building. AGC of California helps contractors plan and facilitate job walks with elected officials, in order to build relationships with local leaders, and educate officials on the benefits and complexities of our industry.

AGC of California members who are interested in opening up their jobsite to host a job walk may do so by contacting Mohamed Umbashi at UmbashiM@agc-ca.org.

Let AGC of California know how we can best serve you!

AGC of California’s annual Member Needs Survey is now open!

This brief survey helps us understand where we can improve to ensure we meet the needs of the industry and our members. We appreciate your feedback so we can best provide you with the tools and resources you need. Click here to take the survey.

Register for AGC of California’s 2023 CONSTRUCT Annual Conference!

Register for 2023 CONSTRUCT, presented by Autodesk Construction Cloud, October 10-13 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. This year’s CONSTRUCT features exciting additions with enhanced programming and networking opportunities, including a golf tournament! To explore sponsorships, click here.

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