Legislative Updates

Find important legislative news, code updates and advisories on this page.  For more information, contact Tracy Threlfall, Executive Vice President at 916-925-7390.

PHCC of California offers the following Legislative Benefits:

  • Federal Advocacy. CAPHCC monitors a variety of advocacy sources for Federal efforts that affect open-shop contractors. CAPHCC works closely with National PHCC and participates in their annual Capital Hill event.
  • State Advocacy. CAPHCC reviews all introduced legislation and continually monitors amendments for bills that may affect the interest of CAPHCC members. Upon approval of CAPHCC leadership we convey positions on Legislation to the authors, appropriate committees and administration officials.
  • Regulatory Advocacy. CAPHCC reviews all proposed regulations for changes that may affect the interest of PHCC members. Upon approval, CAPHCC will convey positions on regulations to the appropriate agency officials.
  • Communications. CAPHCC provides regular updates of Legislative and Regulatory activities to its members.
  • Web page. CAPHCC provides a link for the CAPHCC members to observe all legislation monitored on behalf of CAPHCC
  • CSLB & CAC. CAPHCC's interests are represented at the Contractor State License Board, the California Apprenticeship Council, and numerous other regulatory agencies
  • Collaboration.  With a full time lobbyist in Sacramento, CAPHCC has an established link with other open-shop contractor groups like CFEC, ABC, WECA and AGCSD. We also interact with a broader coalition of business groups such as CalChamber, CBIA, California Association of Realtors to name a few. And finally, while we represent the open shop plumbing contractors, we recognize the influence wielded by the construction trades unions. Our lobbyist has a cordial working relationship with all of the trades and can collaborate on issues that cross the usual union/open-shop divide.
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Occupational Lead Program recommends health-based improvements to OSHA Lead Standards, by Peggy Hall, EVP, PHCC of California

Every year, workers in California are poisoned by lead at work.  The OSHA lead standards require employers to take steps to protect their workers from lead hazards on the job; however, these standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now over 30 years old.  Current medical information clearly demonstrates harmful effects of chronic and low-level exposures to lead in adults, levels well below those currently allowed by the standards.
The CDPH Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) reviewed the recent scientific information and made health-based recommendations to Cal/OSHA for revising the General Industry and Construction Lead Standards for the protection of workers who are exposed to lead on the job.  In response, Cal/OSHA has convened an Advisory Committee to look at revising the standards.
OLPPP’s proposed revisions to Cal/OSHA’s lead standards are available below.
CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions
CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions
For the full language of the regulations with tracked changes
For more information on newly recognized hazards of lead in adults/workers
For more information on our work in this area, seeThe Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
For information about the Cal/OSHA Lead Standards Advisory Committee meetings, including dates, location, agenda, and related materials, visit http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/DoshReg/5198Meetings.htm.

Great Contractors and Apprentices Wanted, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

Know of a great contractor or apprentice who should be recognized at the national level? Encourage them to apply for the Delta/PHCC Plumbing Contractor of the Year, the PHCC HVAC Contractor of the Year, and the Delta/PHCC Apprentice of the Year awards.  The deadline to apply is July 15thClick here to download application forms.    

Your Future Workforce, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • At the PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors meeting, board member Tom Applegate presented an enlightening report on population trends that are affecting the p-h-c workforce. He noted that “We already know who tomorrow’s workers will be, just by looking at population demographics. The key is being prepared to attract the best talent from a shrinking pool of younger and diverse workers by knowing how they think and becoming the type of employer they want to work for.” Staying on top of trends like these helps to guide the Foundation’s development of effective training programs that will meet the current and future needs of the industry’s workforce. Click here to view the slides.

2012 Legislative Conference Recap, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

The 2012 Legislative Conference was also held last week.  Advocacy is often thought of as an “intangible.”  Yet executed properly, advocacy can yield qualitative results.  Here are just a few of the positive outcomes from the Legislative Conference:

  • “Morton Kondracke provided an insightfully and generally non-partisan analysis of the national political scene.” (Tom Theroux, Executive Director, PHCC of Massachusetts)
  • PHCC National Secretary Doug Santoro met with senior staff to House Oversight and Investigations Chairman Cliff Stearns.  In the meeting, Secretary Santoro conveyed PHCC’s concerns about the Department of Energy’s (DOE) continued development of workforce guidelines for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.  Chairman Stearns’ staff agreed to send a letter to DOE outlining PHCC’s issues with the DOE program  
  • House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves invited PHCC to join the House Small Business Committee’s “business industry working group.”  The working group is a committee of industry and Congressional representatives, who review, discuss, consider and recommend policies that benefit small business.
  • Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel of Advocacy (U.S. Small Business Administration), offered to design a roundtable to discuss p-h-c-specific issues. 
  • The PHCC of Georgia delegation met with Congressman Austin Scott.  Following that meeting, Congressman Scott sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner requesting that pending legislation to repeal the estate tax be moved to the House floor for a vote. Click here to view the letter. 

Viega named 2012 Corporate Partner

  • Viega named 2012 Corporate Partner. Last week the PHCC Board of Directors named Viega as the newest Corporate Partner.  Viega joins Bradford White, Federated Insurance, InSinkErator and Kohler Co. in this elite category of industry partners who support PHCC and its affiliates. 

PHCC Board of Directers Meet In Arlington VA

  • The PHCC Board of Directors met last week in Arlington, Va.  The board heard reports from zone directors, standing committees and affiliated entities, and approved the national strategic plan for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013).  Click here to view the PHCC mission statement, core organizational values and vision statement.  The PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors also met last week.

2012 Legislative Conference Hotel Room Block Extended, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • PHCC’s 2012 Legislative Conference (April 25-26) is right around the corner.  PHCC has an exciting program with Congressional leaders addressing PHCC members—as well as a special reception in the United States Capitol and two Congressional Award events. As of this report, more than 100 PHCC members are registered to participate.  Be part of the solution and register today!  Let your voice be heard in our nation’s Capitol.

QSC Members Invest in Their Future, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • As reported in PHCC Online, at the Quality Service Contractors Power Meeting last week, contractors and industry partners together contributed more than $11,700 to support industry education through the PHCC Educational Foundation. Campaign sponsors InSinkErator and Ferguson match gifts by one-third, which means that more than $15,600 was added toward the Foundation’s annual campaign goal in just three days! The Foundation needs help from board members and volunteers to recreate this success at PHCC chapter meetings around the country. Please contact John Zink for some tips on how to make a successful call for contributions at the next event you attend. Additional campaign details and contribution forms can be found here.

PHCC Instructor Workshops, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • The PHCC Educational Foundation is offering three instructor workshops for apprentice instructors who want more training in the areas of classroom management, lesson planning and test development.  These workshops are scheduled for San Diego (May 9-10 in conjunction with PHCC West convention), Indianapolis (June 14-15), and Baltimore (Aug. 9-10). Dr. Katherine Manley from Ferris State University will conduct an instructor “boot camp” at this event. Speakers from the Copper Development Association, Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, GreenPlumbersUSA and PHCC textbook publisher Cengage will round out the program. Program sponsors are BrassCraft Manufacturing Co., Copper Development Association and Kohler. Registration is available online at www.phccweb.org in the Events Calendar section of the PHCC website. 

PHCC 2012 Legislative Conference and Colonel George D. Scott Reception, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • All those planning to attend the April 25-26 Legislative Conference and Capitol Hill Reception need to register for the event.  Security is very tight on Capitol Hill and we are required to submit (in advance) the names of all those who will participate in activities on Capitol Hill especially the reception in the Capitol.  In addition, Monday April 2nd, is the deadline to reserve a room at the Key Bridge Marriott hotel at the PHCC preferred rate.  Click here for registration and hotel information. 

Senate Death Tax Bill Introduced, by Gerry Kennedy, EVP, NAPHCC

  • As predicted in this report, this week Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Senate version of death tax repeal legislation, a mirror version of the House bill.  The Senate version has 34 original cosponsors.  PHCC will keep members up-to-date on both bills and what you can do to help move them through Congress.

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