February 8, 2017

Yesterday marked “crossover” day in the 2017 session of the General Assembly. That is the last day for each house to consider its own bills, and marks the half-way point in the General Assembly session.

Although only half-way through the session, VTCA has achieved numerous successes on behalf of its members:

Prevailing Wage Rates: Legislation to prohibit local governments from imposing prevailing wage and benefits in public works contracts has passed the House.

Work Zone Safety: A bill to limit the use of cell phones by drivers in work zones has passed the House.

Practical Design Requirement for VDOT Projects: Defeated in the House.

Best Value Procurement: Legislation that would have allowed the use of “best value” criteria for the award of professional engineering services AND design-bid-build highway projects was defeated.

Cooperative Procurement: Defeated.

Fuel Tax Floors: Legislation that would establish fuel tax floors in NOVA and Hampton Roads passed the Senate.

Project Labor Agreements: Budget amendments that would prohibit government from mandating PLAs in P3 projects have been introduced.

A comprehensive status sheet for the HIGH PRIORITY BILLS we are working on for our members is attached. You can read the bill by clicking on the link (BILL NUMBER).

If you have any questions about legislation, contact Jeff Southard: .

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