ABC Members Meet with State Representatives in Austin for Legislative Day

HOUSTON – On Wednesday, Feb. 6, members of Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston met with legislators at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas about key issues affecting the construction industry. Those from the Greater Houston chapter met with approximately 41 representatives to discuss priorities including lien law modernization, neutrality in state government contracting, and preemption.

The Greater Houston Chapter of ABC organizes opportunities to work hard to get the right people in office who will support ABC’s priorities for its members. ABC endorses and supports representatives who understand business and what it takes to recruit, train, and retain employees. Additionally, ABC Greater Houston’s Political Action Committee (PAC) interviews political candidates to support those who believe in Free Enterprise and the Merit Shop philosophy.

“We went to Austin to represent ABC Greater Houston and its benefits for the construction industry,” said Brandon Mabile, Business Development Manager at Performance Contractors and 2019 ABC Greater Houston Chairman. “We believe that the representatives and the staff we met with listened earnestly to our concerns about lien law modernization, neutrality, and preemption, and know that we left a footprint in the Capitol.”

ABC Greater Houston members had the opportunity to meet with State Representative Steve Toth, who addressed the lien law modernization issue. “Lien laws in the state of Texas are weak, confusing, and cumbersome,” said Representative Toth. “The cost to build is not cheap, but it is critically important to repair these issues to bring peace of mind to builders, contractors, and consumers.”

Each state representative represents about 150,000 people and each senator about 900.000 people. Nearly 99% of the population never communicate with their elected officials. One voice, backed by the strength of the association, can make a difference.

To learn more about ABC/CMEF, please visit our website at www.abchouston.org.

ABOUT ABC/CMEF
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members nationwide. Locally, ABC Greater Houston was founded in 1969, and today serves several hundred commercial and industrial contractors, suppliers and construction associates in the Greater Houston area. Associated Builders and Contractors of Greater Houston represents the interests of merit shop contractors and its employees in the policy making process of the government, protects and enhances the free enterprise system within the construction industry, and provides educational, marketing, and informational programs for the benefit of members and their employees.

Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF) is the vehicle through which industry and craft professionals in the Houston area receive formal training. Our goal is to recruit new entrants and retain existing workers through a variety of programs focused on assessment, training, and continuing education. We believe that a community approach to training is fundamental to developing a skilled and educated craft workforce within the entire industry.

Lauren Harrell

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