Each legislative session, more than 7,000 bills are filed with a possible impact on the states’ construction industry and its employers.
Key Bills Impacting Construction Signed Into Law or Halted in Final Days of the
2019-2020 Legislative Session
The Massachusetts House and Senate concluded the 2019 – 2020 Legislative Session on January 6 and on that same day, 200 members of the House and Senate were sworn into office to begin the new 2021-2022, two-year session.
During the past year, the Legislature faced historic challenges due to Covid-19, which forced Legislators to deliberate many issues remotely. The added burden of Covid-19 related issues forced the Legislature to extend their formal session beyond the traditional July 31, 2020 end date for the first time in recent memory. This resulted in numerous bills being approved or killed in the late-night hours of January 6.
Legislative & State Agenda for 2017-2018
The 2017 AGC MA Strategic Plan calls for AGC MA to pro-actively advance the interests of CM’s at the State House. In response, AGC MA has re-tooled its government relations efforts by creating a new AGC MA Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Mike O’Brien of Gilbane.
AGC MA Bills filed for 2017-2018 Legislative Session
Each legislative session, more than 7,000 bills are filed with a possible impact on the states’ construction industry and its employers. They are filed by legislators on behalf of constituents, by trade groups such as AGC MA, or by the building trades unions.
AGC MA Lobbyist Patrick Huntington will review the bills and notate any affecting both commercial and public construction, workers compensation, other employer insurance mandates and any other bills impacting construction firms. AGC MA Staff and volunteers will then conduct a more careful analysis of the targeted bills to further synthesize onerous pieces recommending positions to strongly oppose, support, and/or strongly support.
AGC MA Political Action Committee (PAC)
AGC MA ALSO teams up with Board of Directors to champion a continual, successful AGC MA Political Action Committee (PAC) campaign.
AGC MA PAC was created to promote and protect our members interests to advance AGC’s legislative agenda on Beacon Hill.
AGC MA has filed 5 bills for the 2015/2016 legislative session promoting CM/GC interests. These include correcting the faulty court decision on CM at Risk, preserving notices of contract for CM/GC’s in the Prompt Pay statute, and improving public construction contracts.
In 2014, AGC MA passed legislation protecting our members interests by aligning with industry allies on a jointly crafted bill to fairly assign and cap retainage among the parties including owners.
Over 7,000 bills are filed each session on Beacon Hill by competing interest groups. While the AGC MA Legislative Committee proposes, reviews, and closely monitors bills impacting the construction industry, the AGC MA Political Action Committee plays a critical role in protecting our members interests by forging political alliances with key legislators through campaign contributions pooled by AGC MA members.
Investing in the AGC MA Political Action Committee allows AGC MA to have a greater collective impact on legislative campaigns by; enabling AGC MA to contribute to candidates who support AGC MA’s agenda at the State House, aids AGC MA Staff and Lobbyist access to key legislators and their staff at political fund raisers at State House meetings, levels the playing field with competing interest groups and most importantly, empowers AGC MA to slow or stop bills harmful to AGC MA members.
For more information about the AGC MA Political Action Committee, please contact
Robert Petrucelli, AGC MA President & CEO, AGC MA PAC Treasurer