Gov. Abbott Signs Key AGC Legislation into Law
After the Texas Legislature adjourned sine die on May 31, Governor Abbott had until June 20 to sign or veto bills that made it to his desk. This session, our top priority was Senate Bill 219, which would make contractors no longer liable for design defects. This bill was signed into law on June 16 and is effective September 1, 2021.
Other notable priority bills that were signed into law are: Senate Bill 338 – Creating uniform general conditions (UGCs) for K-12 building construction; House Bill 3069 – Shortening the statute of repose for public work to 8 years plus 1 year to sue; House Bill 2416 – Closing the commercial general liability coverage gap for attorney’s fees; and Senate Bill 968 – Language that keeps construction open and essential during a pandemic.
To learn more about these bills (and others), please visit constructorsvote.com or join us at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa from July 27 through July 29 for AGC-Texas Building Branch’s Legislative Update Event & Summer Gathering. Details: https://www.agctbb.org/2021-summer-gathering
AGC Action Alert
As construction materials remain at record high prices and face continued availability challenges, President Biden and Congress are taking actions to make things worse.
Meanwhile, construction firms around the country are absorbing these costs — which would better be invested in recruiting and retaining construction workers — without significant relief in sight.
That’s why AGC needs you to tell President Biden and Congress to take actions to improve the construction supply chain, not make it worse. To take action, please click here.
29th Annual AGC Houston BBQ Cook-Off
June 18-19, 2021
The Houston commercial construction industry came together for AGC Houston’s 29th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Fair June 18 and 19, 2021. Twenty cook teams competed in categories that included best theme and best margarita, salsa, Bloody Mary, dessert, ribs, brisket, and chicken.
This year’s event raised funds for Paws for Heroes, a nonprofit organization that rescues homeless dogs and professionally trains them to serve as companion dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD, at no cost to the veteran. A big thank you to all of the participating teams, sponsors, volunteers and attendees for supporting the event.
Congratulations to Grand Champion, Mason Road Sheet Metal; Reserve Grand Champion, The Beck Group, Team 1, and to all the winning teams. Special congratulations as well to Lance Smith of Hoar Construction who received the Ralph Morton Spirit Award.
Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page and tag yourself!
For a complete list of winning teams, please click here.