February 16, 2017

VTCA continues to be actively engaged on 34 bills and 11 budget amendments that impact our members business.

Here is a brief update:

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

Work Zone Safety: A bill to limit the use of cell phones by drivers in work zones has passed the House and the Senate Transportation Committee. Full vote in the Senate this week.

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, but failed by a voice vote in the House Appropriations Committee.

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

A detailed report of the high priority bills can be found at:  HIGH PRIORITY BILLS

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

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