Important Bill Protecting PLAs Approved Passes Full Assembly
April 12, 2012 - Republican Bashes Unions as Enemies of the Constitution - An important Building Trades backed bill that specifically clarifies that local governments that enact a blanket ban on PLAs for public works projects may not receive any state funding for construction, was approved today by the state Assembly by a 50-23 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Senate Bill 829 by Senator Michael Rubio, D-Fresno, now moves to the Senate.
The debate on the bill reached a ridiculous new low when Republican Assembly Member Shannon Grove of Bakersfield said a vote in favor of the bill, because it may benefit union workers, would violate the lawmakers’ oaths to “support the Constitution of the United States and of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic, including labor unions.”
Last year, the Legislature passed and Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 922, which disqualified local governments from state funding if they banned PLAs. However, ABC’s attorneys creatively argue that the language of the law allows for certain exemptions. It does not, but the language of SB 829 will make it absolutely clear that no construction funding from the state will go to any local entity that elects to establish a ban on PLAs for local projects.
SBCTC Legislative Director Cesar Diaz said the bill eliminates any lack of clarity regarding PLA bans, and makes it crystal clear that local governments must remain free to consider whether to use PLAs if they are to receive state funding for construction projects.
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