Texas Approves Law Ensuring Fair and Open Competition

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H.B. 985 ensures Texas’ entire skilled construction workforce can compete on a level playing field for public works contracts.

August 20, 2019
Nick Steingart - Construction Executive

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Neutrality in State Government Contracting (H.B. 985), which ensures Texas’ entire skilled construction workforce--96% of which does not belong to a labor union--can compete on a level playing field for public works contracts to build projects utilizing state funding or credit. The law, introduced by Rep. Tan Parker and sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock, prohibits project labor agreements from being mandated on certain taxpayer-funded construction projects.

Based on the latest data available from the Census Bureau, state and local governments in Texas spent more money on public construction projects than any other state in 2017.

Reprinted courtesy of Nick Steingart, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Mr. Steingart may be contacted at steingart@abc.org


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