CEFGA CAREER EXPO (Construction Education Foundation of Georgia) March 23 & 24, 2017
Georgia International Convention Center
College Park, GA
GCAA participated in the annual Georgia Career Expo and SkillsUSA event in March. It was an outstanding success. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in the aggregate industry. Many thanks to our member company volunteers who participated in this event.
According to CEFGA, 2017 was the biggest and best in its 13-year history. They had a massive crowd of 7,544 total attendees. That represents the largest total attendance to date, with an 8-percent increase over last year. These numbers include: -5,204 students - 936 influencers (parents, teachers, counselors, etc.) -1,404 industry volunteers and guests.
Special thanks to Linda Moore (GCAA), Dina McCreadie (Martin Marietta) and Sandra Mathis (Hanson) for their leadership and coordination for this event! We will be conducting a debrief conference call with the committee in April and we look forward to the 2018 Expo!
Thursday, March 30 was the last legislative day of the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Both chambers went well past midnight as they continued to consider legislation. GCAA worked closely with our partners at the Georgia Transportation Alliance, The Georgia Chamber – Government Affairs Council, The Georgia Ready Mix Concrete Association, The Georgia Highway Contractors Association, The Georgia Mining Association and our legislative counsel, Mathews & Maxwell to track and monitor legislation of importance to the aggregate and transportation industry.
GCAA was very pleased with the 2017 legislative session and we worked hard to ensure that pro-business legislation continues to be enacted in Georgia. Listed below are a few bills that we followed this session.
HB 134,Passed the House and Senate and Governor Deal is expected to sign it.
HB 134, sponsored by Rep. Bubber Epps-R, amends current law which authorizes a county and cities within a county to call for a transportation sales tax of up to 1% (if certain conditions are met) in the following ways: 1). it would authorize T-SPLOST funds to be used on state projects; 2). it would authorize multiple fractional T-SPLOSTs to be in place at one time in increments of .05% so long as the combined rate of all T-SPLOST levies do not exceed 1%; and 3). clarifies that after January 1, 2018, Regional T-SPLOST and a Single County T-SPLOST cannot be on the ballot at the same time. The bill is effective upon the Governor’s signature, which would conceivably give counties and cities time to prepare for T-SPLOST referendums to be held as early as November 2017.
HB 247,Passed the House and Senate and Governor Deal is expected to sign it. HB 247, sponsored by Rep. Dominic LaRiccia-R, expands the energy exemption from sales and use tax and adds machinery and equipment, including mixer trucks, used to mix and transport unhardened concrete. However, motor fuel used in the mixer truck remains subject to sales and use taxation. This exemption remains in effect until July 1, 2020, and applies to state sales and use tax and all local sales and use taxes except for ESPLOST and those imposed under a local constitutional amendment. This bill was supported by the Georgia Ready Mix Concrete Association and GCAA fully supported its passage.
HB 205,Died in Conference Committee. HB 205, sponsored by Rep. John Meadows-R, amends the Oil and Gas Deep Drilling Act of 1975 requiring the creation of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. A 3% severance tax will be required from the sale price of the gas and oil obtained. During the last few days of the session, HB 205 was amended in the Senate to increase the state’s minimum local solid waste cost reimbursement (host) fee from $1 to $3 per ton on waste going into private landfills.
Other items of Interest - - Atlanta Business Chronicle article regarding New GCAA Board Members - HERE
- Aggregates Manager article regarding New GCAA Board Members - HERE -10 top Georgia highway contractors as state ramps up roadwork spending - HERE - MSHA Delays Exams Rules - HERE - STGEC - Southeastern Transportation GeoTechnical Engineering Conference -HERE
GCAA Meets with GA EPD
March 30, 2017
On March 30th, GCAA Environmental Committee members met with staff from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division at the offices of Evershed-Sutherland in Atlanta. Audra Dickson, Industrial Permitting Manager met with us via teleconference and Katie Pupkiewicz and Whitney Fenwick, Environmental Compliance Specialists joined us at the meeting. It was a very good roundtable discussion regarding industry issues. GCAA values the opportunity to meet with the EPD on a regular basis. We will be hosting EPD Commissioner, Richard Dunn on a quarry tour and roundtable in June.
April 19, 2017
Quarry Tour and Roundtable with Congressman Drew Ferguson (GA3)
Vulcan Materials - Barin Quarry