State Battles

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California

Budget & Tax Issues

SB 227, passed by the Senate on 1/30, was introduced in response to recent federal income tax changes. SB 227, as amended, would create the California Excellence Fund to accept charitable contributions from taxpayers. In return, taxpayers would receive tax credit, in the amount of 85% of the amount they contributed for the taxable year to the Fund, which they would be able to deduct from their federal taxes.

Colorado

Right to Work

In January, the House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs defeated right to work bill HB18-1030 when it indefinitely postponed the bill. 

Delaware

Anti-prevailing wage bill

Anti-prevailing wage bill HB 293 remains in the House Administration Committee. The bill would rewrite the state’s prevailing wage by basing the wage on payroll information provided to the State Department of Labor, rather than on employer surveys.

Florida

Immigration Workers

The House passed HB 9 last week  This bill would prohibit state entities, including public institutions of higher learning, and local governments from adopting Community Trust (or sanctuary city) laws or policies. Penalties for not enforcing federal immigration laws include monetary fees of $1,000 to $5,000 per day for state entities, local governments or individual public officials. Public officials (“sanctuary policymakers”) who vote for such policies or who allow those policies to be adopted, may also be removed from office.  Companion bill, SB 308 is under consideration in the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees. 

Indiana

Workers Compensation

The Senate Committee on Pensions passed SB 369 this week.  The Indiana AFL-CIO reports that this could “potentially cause a gap in care for non-life threatening injuries.  The bill contains a five-day utilization review period that lacks enforcement penalties and could delay workers from getting the medication they need.”  

Michigan

Repeal of Prevailing Wage

Last month, anti-prevailing wage group Protecting Michigan Taxpayers submitted 380,000 signatures to the Michigan Election Bureau. The Bureau took a sampling of 535 signatures and found that only 370 were valid – shy of the 373 valid signatures required for Board of State Canvassers to recommend approval. The Bureau now will move to determine whether enough valid signatures were gathered by reviewing a larger sample.  If 252,523 valid signatures are certified, the petition to repeal the state’s prevailing wage will go to the state legislature, which would have 40 days to approve the measure or send it to the ballot in November.

Missouri

Anti-Prevailing Wage Bills

The Senate General Laws Committee combined SB 609 into SB 555.  This bill would repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.  The same committee passed SB 599 this week.  SB 599 would modify how the prevailing wage is applied to specific public works and maintenance projects.  SB 555 and SB 599 are on the Senate perfection calendar for Monday, 2/5, and could be considered as early as that day.  SB 688, which would also modify how the prevailing wage is applied to specific public works and maintenance projects, remains before the Senate General Laws Committee.

The House Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on HB 1436 on Tuesday, 2/6.  This bill would repeal provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works.

The House Economic Development Committee held hearings this week on HB 1270 and HB 1271.  HB 1270 would allow any county to exempt political subdivisions and public colleges and universities from the prevailing wage law.  HB 1271 would establish the School Construction Act, which exempts construction and maintenance work for certain school districts from prevailing wage requirements with the school board’s approval.  The Committee held hearings on the following anti-building trade legislation last week:

  • HB 1313 would prohibit the Missouri Housing Development Commission from requiring a prevailing wage on a project for a housing tax credit.
  • HB 1594 would allow municipalities to opt out of the state’s prevailing wage law.

Also, the following bills remain before the House Economic Development Committee, where they have not yet been heard in committee:

  • HB 1272 would allow public bodies to opt out of prevailing wage laws for public works projects that are $750,000 or less.
  • HB 1293  would repeal provisions relating to prevailing wages on public works.
  • HB 1561 would exempt third and fourth-class counties from prevailing wage laws.
  • HB 1562 would exempt third and fourth-class counties from prevailing wage laws for public works projects less than $500,000.

New Mexico

Right to Work

The House Labor and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on right to work bill HB 169 on Wednesday, 2/7.  The bill has also been referred to the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee. 

Ohio

Anti-Worker Measures

Six anti-worker measures remain before the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.  These measures would refer anti-worker referenda to the November 2020 ballot. The measures would require passage by 3/5ths of the House and Senate before they could go to the ballot.  These measures are as follows:

●     Public sector right to work measure HJR 7 would refer a public sector right to work constitutional amendment to the ballot.  The measure would also eliminate exclusive representation.  

●     HJR 8 would refer a private sector right to work amendment to the state constitution to the ballot.  The measure also includes a provision to eliminate exclusive representation in the private sector. 

●     HJR 9 would refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot that would prohibit public authorities from requiring contractors to pay prevailing wage;

●     HJR 10 would refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot that would prohibit public authorities from requiring project labor agreements in contracts;

●     HJR 11 would refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot that would require public sector employee unions to be recertified on an annual basis. 

●     HJR 12 was introduced on 12/21.  This measure would refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot that would prohibit payroll deduction for union dues.  The measure would also prohibit unions from using dues or fees for purposes “in support of partisan politics or ideological causes not germane to the work of employee organizations in the realm of collective bargaining.”    

South Dakota

Right to Work

The House passed SCR 2 this week, and the Senate passed the measure last week.  This resolution endorses the right to work provisions in the state’s constitution and in the federal LMRA. 

Washington

Prevailing Wage

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means passed SB 5576 this week.  This bill, which has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee, where it is scheduled for a hearing on Monday, 2/5, would address compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.

The House passed SB 6126 last week.  The House Committee on Labor and Workplace Standards will hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday, 2/8.  This bill would require completion of an apprenticeship program to receive a journey level electrician certificate of competency.

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee passed HB 1673.  This bill would include training on public works and prevailing wage requirements to responsible bidder criteria.

The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee passed SB 5493 last week. The measure would establish the prevailing rate of wage based on collective bargaining agreements or other methods if collective bargaining agreements are not available. The bill has been placed on second reading by the Rules Committee.

SB 5492 has been placed on second reading in the Senate by the Rules Committee.  This bill would add training on public works and prevailing wage requirements to responsible bidder criteria. 

SB 5491 is pending in the Senate Rules Committee and awaiting a second reading.  This bill would address the time-period for workers to recover wages under prevailing wage laws.

Right to Work

Right to work bill HB 1006 remains before the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.  This bill would exempt certain police and firefighters.

Health Insurance

SB 6062 was sent this week to the Senate Rules Committee for second reading.  This bill would establish a reinsurance program for the state’s individual health insurance market.