ABC met face-to-face with State Legislators

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) from around the state met with their Legislators on Tuesday, Feb. 10th to present legislative issues that affect the construction industry for the upcoming session.

LegDayABC Greater Houston members discussed priority legislation, issues revolving around protecting and maintaining the competitive free market and the merit shop philosophy. The upcoming session will be a critical time to protect small businesses as well as the free marketplace.

ABC Government Affairs Coordinator Austin Tomlinson said the Association met with little opposition and much concurrence on the pressing issues.

“All seven ABC Texas chapters met with their representatives in Austin to share their experiences in the construction industry. The Houston chapter visited with 35 greater Houston representatives and is optimistic about 84th Texas session. A majority of ABC’s priority bills were placed in friendly committees and sit well within calendars. Long time ABC friend, Representative Parker, has sponsored a Neutrality in State Contracting House Bill, which would eliminate state mandated project labor agreements (PLAs). Last legislative session, Parker’s bill passed though the house, but failed to reach the senate floor. ABC of Texas is more confident in the new 84th legislature to pass this neutrality contracting bill that would create a fair bidding process for all companies,” Tomlinson said.

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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