Advocacy

OHIO TO IMPLEMENT A BOLD, NEW LAW TO DETER DISTRACTED DRIVING COLUMBUS

Effective October 29, House Bill 95 becomes law and enacts a significant distracted driving deterrent and an effective tool for law enforcement to enforce dangerous driving. House Bill 95 establishes Ohio’s unique approach of combating distracted driving by enhancing existing moving violations. For example, law enforcement officers no longer will need to prove a driver…

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Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)

Changes were made to the OFCC contract documents that significantly shift risk to contractors. AGC has a workgroup of members that are meeting with OFCC to educate them about reasonable contract language and advocate for changes that would create more balanced and equitable documents.

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Ohio EPA Wetland Antidegradation and Wetland Water Quality Standards

After a three-year process, the Ohio EPA on May 1 adopted three revised rules to its Wetland Antidegradation and Wetland Water Quality Standards: wetland definitions, wetland narrative criteria and wetland antidegradation. After the first round of public comments, the agency made some changes at the request of AGC and other stakeholders that lessened some of…

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Ohio EPA Construction Storm Water General Permit

In April, the Ohio EPA issued its revised National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Construction Activity. The new permit is effective for five years, expiring on April 22, 2023. AGC of Ohio was part of a coalition that submitted comments on the proposed rule changes. The…

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Force Redraft of Erroneous Structural Steel Welding Legislation

AGC testified on H.B. 127, legislation that would establish structural steel welding and bridge welding requirements in the Ohio Building Code. The intent of the bill is to prevent the use of falsified certifications for structural steel welds as required by the architect/engineer in project specifications. However, the bill’s “as introduced” version did not reflect…

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Thwart Legislation Designed to Undermine Public Construction Procurement Laws

After stopping a similar effort during last year’s state operating budget deliberations, AGC led an effort of construction industry associations in opposition to H.B. 471, a bill designed to allow a third-party administrator to manage public improvement work under its DAS minority business setaside maintenance contract. After an interested party meeting involving most construction and…

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Protect Industry’s Ability to Provide Career Information to Students

AGC worked with the bill’s sponsors and actively supported H.B. 98, legislation designed to ensure organizations have the opportunity to present information about career information to students – a right that currently does not exist in Ohio law. AGC provided testimony that describes AGC and OCA’s IBuildOhio initiative that incorporates outreach to schools, and how…

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Support Capital Spending

The $2.63 billion capital appropriations measure, H.B. 529, has been signed by the Governor and goes into effect July 1. The biennial “bricks and mortar” spending measure includes: $600 million for school facilities, $514 million for local infrastructure projects, $483 million for public colleges and universities, $222 million for health and human services facilities, and…

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