Residency Law Signed

HB 180 prohibiting municipalities from enacting employment residency requirements was signed by Governor Kasich.  The law prevents local governments from including residency requirements on public works projects as a condition of bidding. HB 180 was one of GCC NECA’s primary goals for the legislature this year, and the news of the Governor’s signing should be a relief to all GCC NECA contractors.  

However, the city of Cleveland filed suit to stop the enactment of this legislation.

Currently the lawsuit is before the State Supreme Court waiting to be heard.

 

 

WV Prevailing Wage

The West Virginia State Senate passed right to work legislation on January 21, 2016 by a vote of 17-16.  The legislation prevents unions from collecting dues as a condition for employment.  This is a huge setback for the unionized construction industry in our neighbor the State of West Virginia.

Just days after the vote, the West Virginia State Assembly passed a repeal of prevailing wage on public construction projects by a vote of 55-44.

Both pieces of legislation must pass through the other chamber of the state legislature and then to the Governor’s desk before it becomes law.  The Governor is expected to veto both pieces of legislation, but an override would only take a simple majority.

OCILB Updates

The Department of Commerce, acting under the direction of Governor Kasich, has altered OCILB continuing education requirements.  Beginning January 1, 2016 the H.B. 486 will allow contractors to choose whether to fulfill their education requirements over one year or three years, and allows contractors in good standing to take 8 hours per year of education instead of the 10 hours currently needed.  The cost will remain fixed at $60 per year regardless of the time frame selected.

The stated purpose of H.B. 486 is  “to recognize and reward licensees who are compliant business, while not easing or reducing the standards that these business must comply with.” While this legislation is well intentioned, the Greater Cleveland Chapter encourages all members to continue their continuing education as though the requirements remained the same.

On January 1, 2016 when you fill out your license renewals, please remember to check the “1 year renewal” box.   We hope that by continuing the education process on one year cycles rather than three, our members will avoid a situation where they have three years worth of classes to do as the deadline approaches, which could end in failure to have their license renewed.

Welcome to Ohio Government Affairs

In this blog we will keep everyone updated on the important legislation that the Ohio State Legislature is working on or considering.  Many laws such as prevailing wage, retention reform, residency requirements, construction procurement procedures and taxes issues can have big effects on your business.  Check back here often for future updates regarding this legislation.