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P3 Legislative Update

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Legislators at both the state and local level have been busy introducing and considering new legislation that could impact the government procurement process and public/private partnerships. These new provisions will...more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

Move America Act of 2017 Introduced in House

by Butler Snow LLP on

A bipartisan group of four members of Congress have introduced legislation that could bring billions of dollars of new investment to state and local government to help grow and repair America’s aging infrastructure....more

OFCCP Town Hall Offers Contractors a Chance to Be Heard

Having shaken the prospect of a merger with EEOC, and facing a smaller budget, the OFCCP offers a glimpse into its priorities and invites contractors to suggest changes. - Takeaways - Compliance letters have been...more

Summer Is Over...Time For Connecticut Health Care Providers To Get Up To Speed On Recent Changes

by Murtha Cullina on

Although much of the latest Connecticut legislative session focused on the budget, and while fewer health care bills passed than we have grown accustomed to in recent years, we still ended up with a number of public acts...more

USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade...more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

New Requirements for Planned Developments in Chicago

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an executive order requiring all applicants seeking Planned Development (PD) approval to report intended and actual employment of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) as...more

Construction and Infrastructure Update - July 2017

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process - If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new law that took effect this year establishing a new...more

Failure to Register Public Works Projects with DIR Could Result in Penalties - New California Law Takes Effect Immediately

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 96, which permits the Department of Industrial Relations to impose fines and penalties on local government agencies for failing to comply with certain prevailing wage laws....more

SB1025 Amending Section 12-820.03 Relating to Immunity for Public Entities

On May 1, 2017, Governor Ducey approved SB1025. This Bill amends A.R.S. § 12-820.03, which provides immunity to public entities and employees for claims arising from a plan or design for construction, maintenance, or...more

President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and the Construction Industry

“We will have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort, buy American and hire American” – President Donald Trump On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order No. 13788 implementing his...more

Buy American and Hire American: What it Means for the Construction Industry

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (No. 13788). The Order requires agencies to do a wholesale evaluation of their compliance with “Buy American” laws...more

El secretario de vivienda, Ben Carson, pone en marcha asociación público-privada para viviendas públicas

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Ayer, el condado de Miami-Dade recibió al Dr. Ben Carson, secretario del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de Estados Unidos, en la urbanización pública Liberty Square, una de las más antiguas del país. La reunión...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

President Trump Repeals Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule

Former President Obama’s so-called “Blacklisting” rule was short-lived. On Monday, President Trump signed a joint resolution eliminating the rule, which had required bidders on federal projects with a value in excess of...more

Construction E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published on March 10, 2017 by Construction Executive, Meghan Cox provides guidance on how businesses can reduce the risks associated with violence in the workplace and how businesses should handle this violence...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: Hearings, Meetings and a Speech… but no White House Proposal

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The roller coaster “infrastructure” ride in Washington, D.C. continues. With bi-partisan and broad stakeholder interest from both the public and private sector in an infrastructure plan, Congress continues to hold hearings...more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

by Burr & Forman on

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

Impact of Brexit on UK Infrastructure

by DLA Piper on

It’s been almost eight months since the EU referendum in the UK resulted in the Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union commencing formalities to exit the EU. In a short space of time,...more

Ohio GOP Bill Would Give Counties, Cities Option on Paying Prevailing Wages

by Benesch on

Ohio’s counties and cities would have the ability to decide whether they want to pay state-mandated prevailing wages on taxpayer-funded projects, or allow contractors to bid on projects without such requirements, under a bill...more

Trump, Infrastructure and the Construction Industry

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks since Donald Trump became President. Many believed (including myself) that he couldn’t win. I was wrong. Some also believed (again, including myself) that he wouldn’t make good on his...more

"Buy American, Hire American"—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

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