Government Affairs

From a governmental affairs perspective, the AGC of Tennessee works through its own staff lobbyist, and when appropriate hired lobbyists, to support legislation that is in the best interest of the the construction industry and consumers.

The importance of the legislative affairs effort to the industry cannot be underestimated. Each year legislation that is potentially injurious to the construction industry makes its way into the legislative process. Through our lobbying efforts and the marshalling of "grassroots" responses when needed, we work together to ensure a healthy legislative and regulatory environment in Tennessee.

If you know of an issue that needs the attention of your association, we encourage you to contact us at your earliest convenience.


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Legislative Update 2018 - Key Bill We Are Supporting This Session

With the Tennessee General Assembly in session and bills working their way through the various committes for study and hearing, the AGC of Tennessee is reviewing and following a number of bills. One of the most important bills for the constuction industry in Tennessee is proposed legislation to extend the GoBuild program in the state until 2024 to further develop the construction industry workforce across Tennessee. The AGC of Tennessee along with other construction industry associations in the state including ABC, HBAT and TRBA strongly support this bill.   

Tennessee General Assembly Senate and House Bill - GO BUILD Extension 

SB1922 by Johnson
HB1917 by Williams

As introduced, extends repeal date for the Go Build Tennessee Program, from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2024; deletes restriction that funds collected from contractor licensing revenue be used only to fund career and technical education programs and other certified and nationally accredited programs. 
 


Legislative Update 2018 - Key Bills We Are Following on Capitol Hill 

The Tennessee Senate and House Bills listed below are being followed with interest by the AGC of Tennessee Legislative Committee. If you have a opinion on one or more of the bills listed below and would like to comment, please contact Grace Rogers at the AGC of Tennessee office.     

 
Bill Number Composite Abstract Last Major Action Action Date
SB1812 by Ketron
(HB1791 by Marsh)
As introduced, makes various changes to the Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act, including authorizing the underground utility damage enforcement board to establish, by rule, best practices for uniform color code and marking and adding another member to the board. Passed Senate as amended, Ayes 30, Nays 0
(Last action on companion, 03/22/2018: H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 3/29/2018)
03/28/2018
SB2501 by Ketron
(HB1763 by Marsh)
As introduced, specifies the processes by which a contract for construction of buildings or improvements, the expenditure for which is estimated, projected, or budgeted to be $1 million or more, may be awarded. Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Calendar Committee Ayes 9, Nays 0 PNV 0
(Last action on companion, 03/28/2018: Rec. for pass by s/c ref. to Finance, Ways & Means Committee)
03/21/2018
SB2535 by Ketron
(HB2471 by Curcio)
As introduced, requires the board of examiners for architects and engineers to oversee compliance with provisions governing contracts for professional services with respect to the use and procurement of architectural, engineering, and landscape architectural services for public work. Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, 03/21/2018: Taken off notice for cal. in Business and Utilities Committee)
03/20/2018
SB2458 by Roberts
(HB2537 by Howell)
As introduced, establishes apprenticeship programs for professions regulated by entities administratively attached to the division of professional regulatory boards. Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Calendar Committee Ayes 8, Nays 0 PNV 0
(Last action on companion, 03/27/2018: Rec. for pass; ref to Calendar & Rules Committee)
03/20/2018
SB1922 by Johnson
(HB1917 by Williams)
As introduced, extends repeal date for the Go Build Tennessee Program, from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2024; deletes restriction that funds collected from contractor licensing revenue be used only to fund career and technical education programs and other certified and nationally accredited programs. Rcvd. from S., held on H. desk.
(Last action on companion, 03/28/2018: Placed on cal. Calendar & Rules Committee for 3/29/2018)
03/05/2018
SB2084 by Kyle
(HB2409 by Thompson)
As introduced, requires state departments and agencies that propose to contract for services with a nongovernmental vendor to certify to the comptroller of the treasury that no state employee or employees within the respective department or agency are qualified to perform the duties and obligations under the proposed contract; authorizes the fiscal review committee to review and comment upon such contracts. Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee
(Last action on companion, 03/14/2018: Taken off notice for cal in s/c State Government Subcommittee of State Government Committee)
02/05/2018
SB2188 by Lundberg
(HB2297 by Hicks)
As introduced, creates the "Multi-state Economic Development Compact" to promote the development of underdeveloped areas in Tennessee and other compact states, and to create a development authority that incorporates public and private partnerships to facilitate the economic growth of such areas. Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Government Operations Committee
(Last action on companion, 02/05/2018: Assigned to s/c Business and Utilities Subcommittee)
02/05/2018
SB2238 by Norris
(HB1814 by Hawk)
As introduced, specifies that the board of water quality, oil, and gas may promulgate rules concerning the effect of national pollutant discharge elimination system permit in an enforcement proceeding. Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Energy, Ag., and Nat. Resources Committee
(Last action on companion, 01/30/2018: Assigned to s/c Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee)
02/05/2018
SB1603 by Yager
(HB2528 by Calfee)
As introduced, changes the timing of when retainage is due a contractor and when, and in what manner, notice of the initial retainage deposit in an escrow account is made. Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, 02/07/2018: Assigned to s/c Business and Utilities Subcommittee)
01/18/2018