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newsandviews Member Participation Vital to Success of Legislative Efforts During the recently concluded legislative session, several CCIA members volunteered on behalf of the organization on important issues confronting the construction industry. They served as a valuable resource to CCIA and educated lawmakers on the implications of their work in the construction industry. As volunteers acting on behalf of the industry, their work deserves recognition. A number of CCIA members responded to an urgent call to action late in the session to contact their legislators to successfully oppose adoption of a state false claims act (FCA). A FCA was introduced in and passed by the Senate – after two committees had not approved it. In part because of CCIA members’ grassroots response, the amendment was not acted on in the House of Representatives. Several members participated regularly in meetings of a coalition formed in response to a new law requiring contracts for architectural and construction management services on state-funded public school building projects executed on or after July 1, 2007, to be awarded to the lowest responsible qualified bidder only after a public invitation to bid. Some visited the Legislative Office Building to meet with lawmakers personally; others testified in public hearings before committees of the General Assembly. David Yoder, president of Industrial Construction Company in Newington and a past president of Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, met with Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr., of Brooklyn, to explain unintended consequences created by the new law for cities, towns, design professionals, and CMs. He also participated By Matthew Hallisey CCIA Director of Government Relations and Legislative Counsel in several meetings with members of the Education Committee. In response to the new law, Alfred A. DiVincentis, a partner at Halloran & Sage LLP in Hartford, helped draft a proposal for legislation. Dave Henderson, project executive for Skanska USA Building Inc. in Milford, and Tylor Tregellas, manager, Education Group for Turner Construction Company in Milford, both testified on a bill before the Education Committee. Mauro Rubbo, project manager for Gilbane Building Company in Glastonbury, addressed the Government Administration and Elections Committee, on behalf of AGC/CT in support of Senate Bill 683, An Act Concerning Certain Municipal Construction, which provided an additional exception from the new competitive bid requirement for towns that adopt a qualification-based selection process similar to the Department of Public Works. AGC/CT’s members’ efforts were successful. The new law was revised favorably as part of the SB 402, the school construction bill. In order to improve the quality of design and construction documents, reduce change orders and project delays, and save state revenue, Patrick J. Delany, purchasing supervisor for Gilbane in Glastonbury, met with the House chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee to seek introduction of legislation. He then testified before the committee in support of House Bill 5892, which required designs for certain public buildings in the state to be reviewed by an independent, third-party professional experienced in design to identify any coordination errors, omissions, inconsistencies, or discrepancies prior to bid. Raymond R. Oneglia, Jr., vice chairman of O & G Industries, Inc., in Torrington and chairman of CCIA’s legislative committee, met with several lawmakers in April about priorities on CCIA’s legislative agenda. These are just a few of the many CCIA members who gave freely of their time on behalf of the industry. Many others volunteered countless hours in support of legislative initiatives and other CCIA programs. This mobilization of member support for CCIA priorities for legislation is essential to CCIA’s work. While some initiatives may have to return in future legislative sessions, member participation laid the groundwork. Lawmakers will remember their efforts and the need for the law. Transaction costs will be lower. The experience can be rewarding. “I enjoyed meeting with lawmakers,” said Yoder, “and I generally found them to be earnest and diligent. They genuinely want to help improve the law for citizens of the state.” CONNstruction / Summer 2008 / 15

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CONNstruction - Summer 2008
Going Forward
AGC/CT: Why Belong? Reasons Vary
Is the Glass Regulated Fill or Flowable Fill?
A Winning Strategy
Member Participation Vital to Success of Legislative Efforts
Just Cause...
Winner: Large New Construction Project
Winner: Large Renovation Project
Winner: Small Renovation Project
Winner: First-Time Applicant Award
Second Place Winners
Workshop Provides Education on Pervious Concrete as a Stormwater Solution
Guidelines for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Available
2008 Build CT Awards
UCAC at the NUCA Conference
Keep CT Moving Transportation Summit
UCAC’s Spring General Membership Meeting
WorkZone Safety Press Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2008