No other construction industry organization in the Carolinas delivers on legislative and regulatory issues like Carolinas AGC. Whether it involves helping ease the workforce shortage; leading efforts to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements involving transportation, building and utility public construction work; improving the business climate for construction or cutting bureaucratic red tape and minimizing risks for the construction industry, CAGC is working for you.
 
Below is a snapshot of how Carolinas AGC lobbyists work on members’ behalf in the North Carolina and South Carolina legislatures.

South Carolina

“As the legislature in South Carolina kicks off the second year of a two-year session, Carolinas AGC is focused on passing legislation that will have a positive impact on members bottom lines.”
-Leslie Clark, VP of Operations & Director of SC Government Relations and Divisions.

CAGC’s legislative priorities for 2020 in South Carolina include:

    • H. 4263, which would remove the mandate for using LEED Silver or Green Globes on State Projects. Instead, the bill would delineate that projects would be built using:
      • the latest edition of the International Green Construction Code
      • the latest edition of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and ASHRAE Standard 189.1
      • the Green Globes Rating System;
      • the LEED Rating System; OR
      • any other high-performance building standards adopted by the State Engineer.

    • H.4431, which is the Business License Tax Legislation. CAGC is working with a huge coalition on this legislation. We know that complying with business license fee requirements are a nightmare and this bill would require mandatory standardization and an online payment portal used by all cities and counties. In addition, the bill would require a standard application form, renewal date, appeals procedure and class schedules and changes the tax base from gross to net revenue.

    • As we always do, Carolinas AGC will be working closely with our industry partners (architects, engineers and mechanical contractors) to address changes in legislation that impact the Construction and Design Communities. Bills such as:
      • S. 796, which is legislation that changes the adoption procedures for Building Codes from 3 years to six years for residential codes and maintains three years for commercial.
      • H. 4327 that will amend the building code as it relates to farm structures also known as barn wedding venues. Currently, sprinklers are required in farm structures where 200 or more people will be gathered. This bill changes that, requiring sprinklers to be installed for 300 or more people, relaxing the current requirements.

North Carolina

“Our elections are up in the air until the court rules on legislative, congressional and possibly judicial district maps. All of this uncertainty affects CAGC’s legislative agenda for the short session beginning in May; it also affects which legislation will be allowed to move forward.” 
- Betsy Bailey, CAGC NC Government Relations Director

Although the second year of the two-year biennium does not begin until May, legislators have been meeting in special sessions off and on over the last six months to deal with court challenges to both legislative and congressional district maps and the possible re-drawing of judicial districts. Until we know the outcome of these court decisions, it’s impossible to predict the election landscape for November’s elections and to know what legislation may be considered for the 2018 short session.    

CAGC’s legislative priorities for 2018 in North Carolina’s short session in May include:

  • Working with NCDOT on their request for a transportation bond of upwards of $1 billion that will allow the department to stabilize the funding cycle for future projects once their cash balances have been spent down.

  • Partnering with education and local government advocates on a campaign to encourage legislators to support a $2 billion k-12 school bond to address a $8 billion statewide school construction need.

  • Advancing legislation—HB 650, State Board Construction Contract Claims—that passed the House last year and is eligible for consideration this year. This legislation would require the Director of State Construction to investigate and issue a final written decision on a claim within a prescribed timeframe to expedite claim resolution.

  • Continue opposing SB 607, the Job Order Contracting Method. Although it never had a committee hearing last year and is technically not eligible for consideration in 2018, lobbyists supporting this bill continue to work to advance this legislation despite strong opposition from CAGC and many others. JOC is a competitively bid, fixed price, indefinite quantity procurement contract compiled from a unit price catalog of construction or repair tasks awarded to the most qualified job order contractor bidder. The bill as written will significantly limit competition by allowing open-ended contracts covering multiple projects of up to $60 million.

  • Seeking additional funding (in addition to money received last year) in the NC Community College System budget to fund a contract with a professional services firm to conduct a branding campaign which will increase awareness of and interest in construction careers. CAGC, working with the Community College System, developed the RFP and participated in the selection process. The $200k appropriation, along with additional funding from NCDOT, will continue through this fiscal year. 

  • Working with the NC Community College System to support their request for funding for short-term workforce training programs.  

  • Hosting the NC Legislative Day June 6 at the Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.