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ACPA Participates in Infrastructure Discussion

ACPA participated in discussion forum that presented the “Prospects for Infrastructure in the 116th Congress.”  Co-hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and No Labels(1), the forum included two panels, one comprised of Members of Congress; the other comprised of infrastructure stakeholders.  

The conversation with Members of Congress was moderated by the Hon. Tom Davis (former Republican House member representing Virginia’s 11th District and No Labels Co-Founder). The discussion included comments and questions with Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24); Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16).

The discussion with infrastructure stakeholders was moderated by President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Other panelists included Stephen Roy, President Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment; Wes Stowers, CEO of Stowers Machinery Corporation; Dr. Alison Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, ARTBA; and Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition.

During the Q&A portion of the first panel discussion, Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, presented a question and presented information about the RAMP proposal(2) developed by the Hon. Norm Mineta and others. He framed around the question and comments in the context renewing the commitment to our nation’s highways and other infrastructure. The first panel was recorded and aired on C-SPAN. Click here to view the panel discussion, including the Q&A portion.

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(1) Founded in 2010, No Labels is an organization focused on transcending political lines to “usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics,” according to Wikipedia.
(2) For more details about the RAMP proposal, see the news brief, Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment, published in ACPA TODAY on Jan. 23.

A Note of Thanks

ACPA would like to inform everybody that Dan Frentress has turned a corner toward the positive during the past week. His kidney fuctions have improved so much that his caregivers have reduced his dialysis to twice per week.  They are optimistic he will be finished with all treatments in two to three months.  Prayers are powerful things and Dan is grateful for every one of them. 

Dan said he is amazed, overwhelmed and thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers from the concrete industry. Every single prayer is appreciated and they are working.  Thank you one and all! 

 

Letter to Congress: Prioritize Infrastructure Investment

ACPA was one of almost 150 stakeholders to co-sign a letter from the Infrastructure Working Group(1) in urging Congress to take up and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that will improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of our nation’s infrastructure. The letter was addressed to key Leadership of the House and Senate, and urges Republicans and Democrats to unite to develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill that addresses six areas, including:

  • Federal investments;
  • Federal infrastructure accounts, including the Highway Trust Fund; 
  • Funding mechanisms, such as municipal bonds;  
  • Private investment in infrastructure, 
  • Creating efficiencies while continuing to environmental protections, and; 
  • Encouraging active participation at all levels of government and among the public and private sectors.

Click here to see the letter.

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(1) Organized by the Association of General Contractors of America and the National Association of Manufacturers, the group is organized to advocate to Congress the critical need for comprehensive infrastructure legislation. 

 

ACPA Calling for Emerging Leader Nominees

ACPA is looking for your company’s best and most promising new or emerging leaders to participate in the Association’s Emerging Leaders Group (ELG).

If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for this leadership group, please complete (or forward) the ELG backgrounder and nomination form.  After completing the form, it can be saved, then forwarded to ACPA’s staff liaison, Eric Ferrebee.  

Ferrebee says the group  is a good way to learn about ACPA national and the chapter network while also “working on passion projects that can benefit the industry.”  The ELG currently has four working groups that are focusing on technology, marketing, work force development, and specifications.

“The social side is an important part, too,” he says. The group has done team-building, meet-ups at ACPA meetings, and other activities that give young professionals an opportunity to spend time with peers who have common interests. “It’s nice to work on specific things together, but we also have fun as a group.”

Eric encourages nominees to complete and return the form to ACPA by Monday, February 25, which will help the group as it plans its next event in mid-March.  The group is open to members and chapter representatives who are 45 years old or younger and who are eager to grow into leadership roles.  The ELG’s current chair is Robert Kish of Milestone Contractors, LP.  The group is also supported by Ben Robuck of CEMEX.

FMCSA Approves HOS Exemptions

ACPA received notice yesterday that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has approved our request for two exemptions to the agency’s hours of service (HOS) regulations.

The two exemptions are related to the 30-minute break requirement and the 12 hour daily on-duty limit on the short-haul exception. More specifically, the exemptions:

  • Enable drivers transporting ready mixed concrete and related materials and equipment in vehicles other than those outfitted with rotating mixer drums, to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty ‘‘waiting time’’ to satisfy the requirement for the 30- minute rest break, provided they do not perform any other work during the break.
  • Allow drivers to use the short-haul exception but return to their work reporting location within 14 hours instead of the prescribed 12 hours.

Please note that drivers must keep a copy of the Fed. Reg. notice in their truck cabs at all times to give to enforcement officials to preclude any confusion about what rules apply.  The exemptions also preempt any state or local HOS regulations to the contrary. Finally, drivers must return to the work reporting location and be released from work within 14 consecutive hours.

The exemptions are applicable starting today, February 6, and expire on February 6, 2024. Please click here to view the FMCSA’s notice of final disposition and grant of the application for exemptions, as published in the Federal Register.

As reported previously in ACPA TODAY, ACPA last year formed an Hours of Service (HOS) task group, which crafted and submitted the petition for proposed exemptions to FMCSA’s HOS requirements. FMCSA published ACPA’s exemption request and invited comments. ACPA members and affiliates posted comments in support of the petition, as did AGC & ARTBA officials, at ACPA’s request. 

ACPA thanks the HOS task group members, along with Association members and non-members. We also extend thanks to officials from AGC and ARTBA for their support of this effort.

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