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Association News

January 2015 - Busy Committee and Training Month

The association kicks off the first month of the year with an AGC Flag Training class, followed by eleven committee meetings, a Safety Officers meeting, and the AGC Board of Directors meeting. If you are on a committee see the committee calendar at the bottom of this page.

Lowering WC Costs

As the legislature starts a new year, legislative bills will become available to the association to review their impact on the construction industry. We have already started working with other trade associations on fixing the high charges by hospital's and doctors when it come to treating injured workers under Workers' Compensation. We are the only state in New England that does not have some regulation to limit medical costs charged to the program. The Department of Insurance recently analyzed these costs and found on average the Workers' Compensation program is being charged 2.5 times more than healthcare. A bill has been introduced to limit these charges to no more than the average of healthcare plus 2 percent administrative costs. We will be getting more information out about our efforts in the upcoming weeks, as we will need your help in asking our elected officials to support this effort.

Calling all Contractors! Build Awards Entry Form Now Available

The entry form for AGC of NH's Build New Hampshire Awards is now available! These prestigious awards highlight innovation, project management, and current construction trends in NH's commercial construction industry. The best entries include a detailed description of the project and pictures covering different phases of the project. The 2015 Build NH Awards is limited to projects completed between 2013 and 2014. The winners will be announced during the AGC of NH Spring Awards Banquet. Click here to download the entry form and complete rules.

New Rules for Overweight Trucks Permits Being Reviewed by JLCAR

AGC of NH has recently been made aware of rule changes regarding overweight and oversized truck permits. While the comment deadline has passed, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) approval process is now underway. The proposal includes sections on definitions on terms such as ‘hauling unit’ and ‘trucks’ versus ‘tractors’; permit requirements and expiration; and vehicle markings and restrictions. Click here to view the rules. On November 12th, Caleb Dobbins and Mark Kirouac of NH DOT discussed the rule changes with the association's Highway Committee.

AGC of NH, ME & VT Respond to Mandating PLAs on USACE Projects

On June 2nd, AGC of NH joined the Maine and Vermont chapters in responding to a survey released by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the potential use of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on a large-scale construction project. The project is intended to build and renovate military and other federal facilities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The chapters agree that PLAs cause negative effects in the construction industry by decreasing competition and placing unfair limitations on open shop contractors. The Association urged USACE to allow prime contractors to decide whether a PLA is appropriate for a particular project.
Click here to find the survey response letter in its entirety.
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Governor Hassan Signs Road Toll Legislation

The Governor signed Senate Bill 367, the Road Toll legislation, on May 20th on one of the newly renovated bridges on I-93. This is a great accomplishment as this will increases the NH Road Toll by 4.2 cents. This brings the total NH rate to 22.2 cents, which is still the lowest in New England. This legislation raised $32 million per year to fix NH roads & bridges. To read more, see the AGC of NH newsletter dated April 28th. (Newsletter is available to members only, please call if you would like to be a member.)

Upcoming Events

AGC of NH Flag Training Course - January 9th
AGC of NH will be holding a Flagging "Train the Trainer" Course on January 9, 2015
at the AGC office in Bow, NH. See the registration form on the Functions page for more information, and to register.

January Board & Committee Meetings
Wed, Jan 7: Highway Specification Committee, 1:30 PM
Thurs, Jan 8: Legislative Committee, 2 PM - Cancelled (Waiting for Bills)
Tues, Jan 13: Asphalt Subcommittee, 9 AM
Tues, Jan 13: Legislative Committee, 2 PM
Wed, Jan 14: Environment Committee, 2 PM
Thurs, Jan 15: PAC Committee, 2 PM
Tues, Jan 20: Concrete Subcommittee, 9 AM
Wed, Jan 21: HR Committee, 2 PM
Thurs, Jan 22: Building Committee, 2 PM
Tues, Jan 27: Highway Committee, 2 PM
Wed, Jan 28: PR Committee, 11 AM
Thurs, Jan 29: Government Relations, 1 PM
Thurs, Jan 29: Board of Directors Orientation, 2 PM
Thurs, Jan 29: Board of Directors, 2:30 PM

2015 Luncheon Series (Meet with the Agency Series)
AGC has set the dates for the 2015 Luncheon Series and is currently seeking companies to sponsor them. If you are interested, please call the AGC at 225-2701. The schedule will be as follows:
Thurs, Feb 19: Department of Transportation, 12:30 PM
Tues, March 17: Department of Environmental Services, 12 PM
Thurs, April 23: University System of NH, 12 PM
Thurs, May 21: Administrative Services, 12 PM
Thurs, June 18: Labor Commissioner, 12 PM

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