CAM's Government Affairs Committee has been very active during the recent flurry of bills that the Michigan legislature passed during lame-duck.Â Provided below is a list of important legislation impacting the construction industry that CAM's lobbyists, Kindsvatter Dalling & Associates, were busy lobbying or monitoring on behalf of CAM's interests.
The Construction Association of Michigan joined with other construction interest groups including the Architects and Engineers, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Associaiton (MITA) and the Association of General Contractors to support legislation regarding indemnification. The legislation had opposition by local units of government as well as universities. CAM actively supported the legislation and ensured that contractors remained a part of the bill which should become law after the Governor signs the legislation sometime within the next two weeks.Â It is important to note that universities were removed from the legislation before the Senate passed the bill.
The first Legislative Breakfast Forum of the Construction Association of Michigan Government Affairs Committee (CAM GAC) was held on the morning of Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia. Nearly 150 CAM Members were in attendance to hear key legislators address current construction industry concerns.
Welcomes were given by CAM President Kevin Koehler, and Chairman of the CAM GAC, John A. Raimondo, a director of Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights.
The panel was split evenly between Democratic and Republican parties, and included: Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton); State Representative Joe Haveman (R-Holland); State Representative Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield); and Michigan State Senator John Gleason (D-Genesee County). The panel was moderated by Kyle Melinn, editor of the MIRS News Service, who skillfully guided the conversation.
The discussion that followed included information on a possible repeal or reform of Michigan's Personal Property Tax; changes to the Michigan School Loan Bond Program; the Michigan Business Tax; and the six upcoming Proposals on next month's ballot.
The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) won in two separate categories at the 11th Annual MSAE Diamond Awards, held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at The Henry, An Autograph Collection Hotel, in Dearborn. The awards were presented by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE), Lansing, and the evening was hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Satori Shakoor.
Long-standing case law says a losing bidder to a government contract cannot sue the governmental unit unless there is a showing of impropriety in the award, but the Supreme Court ruled in a split decision that same protection applies to consultants assisting the government unit in reviewing the bid.
The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) renewed their formal alliance on Thursday, August 2, 2012, to protect the safety and health of Michigan's construction workers. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
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The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about 3.5 percent of Michigan's workforce is employed in construction - however, construction fatalities account for nearly 33 percent of all fatal workplace accidents.
"We are proud to renew this alliance with CAM to keep construction workers safe and healthy on the job in Michigan," said LARA Deputy Director Rob Nederhood. "This proactive alliance between workers, industry and government can save lives by ensuring that worker safety and health plays an integral role in construction projects."
On Friday, June 15, the administration of Governor Rick Snyder entered into an agreement with Canada to construct a new bridge from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario. The Crossing Agreement provides a framework for a Crossing Authority established by Canada to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain a new International Crossing between Canada and Michigan, under the oversight of a jointly established International Authority with three members appointed by Canada and the Crossing Authority and three members appointed by the Michigan Parties, and with funding approved by Canada, but with no funding by the Michigan Parties. The Michigan Parties (Governor, Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Strategic Fund) are not obligated to pay any of the costs of the new International Crossing.
John Rakolta, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Walbridge, Detroit, and W. Jay Wortley, Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, State of Michigan, have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the CAM / BIA Mid-Year Economic Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast. This 2nd Annual event will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights from 7:30 am - 10:30 am.
Tabletop space is now on sale for exhibiting at this popular 2nd annual event. Tabletop displays will be open to attendees from 7:30 am - 9:00 am, with the breakfast and presentation immediately following from 9:00 am - 10:30 am. The cost per tabletop is just $200, and includes one admission to the breakfast program. Please note: There are a limited number of tabletops available, which resulted in a waiting list for last year's event. Please reserve early if you are interested in securing a tabletop! Contact Ron Riegel at CAM regarding tabletop reservations (248) 972-1000. Last year's economic forecast breakfast had over 300 attendees. This year the same turnout is expected. This event will take place at the Best Western Sterling Inn, Sterling Heights, on Tuesday, June 26th. Four guest speakers have been invited; one confirmed speaker is W. Jay Wortley, Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis for the State of Michigan. Other speaker information will be forthcoming. Cost is $45 per person to attend the breakfast forecast. RSVP by clicking here, or by calling Mary Carabott at CAM (248) 972-1000. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available - contact CAM President Kevin Koehler to find out how your company can become a sponsor (248) 972-1000. Click here for more information.PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Senate Bill 992 was just recently signed into law by Govenor Snyder.Â The legislation, sponsored by Senator Arlen Meekhof, ensures that a â€œnonrecourse loanâ€ cannot become a â€œrecourse loanâ€ due to the borrower's inslovency.Â This is based on that this is fundamentally inconsistent with the nature of a nonrecourse loan.