ABC Makes Strides in Texas Capitol

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) members from around the state met with their Legislators on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, to present legislative issues that affect the construction industry for the upcoming session.

“It was my first time attending Legislative Day, and it was great coming together with other members who have common interests,” said Dan Woodend, Regional Account Manager at HazTek Safety Management. “I’ve personally been affected by one of the issues we discussed, and I think it was valuable, being able to share that personal experience with our legislators.”

Legislative Day 2017 (2)

Bi-annually, all eight ABC Texas chapters join as one powerful voice to inform legislators about the issues affecting the construction industry and to showcase the opportunities and diversity ABC members contribute to our industry and the economy. More than 100 ABC members filled the offices of legislators to testify and educate them about construction business issues, the importance of having certain bills passed and more.

Approximately 40 members were from the Greater Houston Chapter and over the course of the day those members spoke with 45 Greater Houston representatives and state Senators. Members shared their personal testimonies and concerns regarding the following issues: Neutrality in State Government Contracting, Lien Law Modernization, Public Employees Dues Deduction, E-Verify, and License for Journeyman Industrial Electrician.

“It doesn’t matter how long you have been an ABC member, if your business is feeling the impact from an issue that your local legislators can help change, you should be present on Legislative Day,” said Russell Hamley, ABC Greater Houston Chapter President.

ABC serves as the lynchpin by keeping members informed of current issues, being their political voice, and connecting them to elected officials. ABC will continue to work with our Texas Legislature to improve and promote merit shop principles within the industry and looks forward to March when bills begin hitting the floor!

For more information about how you can get involved with ABC’s Political Action Committee, call ABC’s office at 713-523-6222 or visit their website at


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