Lawmakers move to codify aggregates’ role in DOT supply chains


U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (D-AZ-09) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) have introduced the Rebuilding Our Communities by Keeping aggregates Sustainable (ROCKS) Act bill, citing its potential “to foster local access to stone, sand and gravel essential to construction and public works projects.” The legislation calls for the Secretary of Transportation to establish a working group of federal, state, tribal and local stakeholders to study the use of aggregates and recommend policies ensuring continued access to such materials.

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Lawmakers deepen funding commitments in water infrastructure proposal

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Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), the respective chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, have introduced the $2.4 billion America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 with an eye to:

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Resilience advocates enlighten lawmakers on disaster mitigation, funding reform

Source: BuildStrong Coalition, Washington, D.C.

A recent hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management saw BuildStrong Coalition representatives testify on mitigating damage and recovering quickly from disasters as part of the T&I Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America plan.

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Lawmakers scrutinize building codes in wake of multi-story apartment conflagration

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Concrete industry stakeholders are tracking New Jersey officials’ response to a massive fire that destroyed more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a four-level, 408-unit apartment complex framed with lightweight wood trusses. Reportedly triggered by a plumbing crew’s welding torch, the mid-January blaze saw no loss of life and minor injuries, but displaced more than 1,000 residents of the development and neighboring properties.

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Baker Ready-Mix chief enlightens lawmakers on ills of regulations ‘swarm’

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary; CP staff

In a late-October House Judiciary Committee hearing, New Orleans independent ready mixed producer Arnold Baker testified about the negative impact of recent rules or laws emanating from federal agencies and Congress. “A swarm of regulations coming out of Washington are threatening [our] ability to stay in business … Sweeping rules will make it much more difficult for me to sell concrete, give health coverage to my employees, and grow jobs.

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Veteran labor attorney probes pro-union NLRB, Labor Dept. maneuvers in free webinar

Source: LeClairRyan, Richmond, Va.

In an August 4 webinar, “NLRB and DOL Step on the Gas: Implications for Employers,” LeClairRyan Partner Mark Goodwin will discuss recent National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor actions in support of organized labor,

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