Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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118 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 5 4 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 6 9 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 7 0 8 Federal Blacklisting Rule on the Chopping Block The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association supports the passage of H.R. 37, a resolution aimed at repealing the federal contracts blacklisting rule. This regulation, proposed by the Obama Administration, blocked businesses from being eligible for federal contracts if they had been accused of violating labor laws, regardless of whether the accusation resulted in court proceedings. In the last three weeks of Feb., the House passed 13 pieces of legislation called "resolutions of disapproval," aimed at repealing Obama-era regulations. These resolutions were passed pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, a 1996 law that gives Congress the ability to review and reject regulations. Under the Congressional Review Act, once a final version of a new regulation is issued, Congress has 60 working days to review the regulation and send a joint resolution of disapproval to the president. Since the 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, the Senate has considered and voted on fewer resolutions than the House. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association supports Congress's use of "resolutions of disapproval" to dismantle regulations issued by the Obama Administration. However, not every regulation can be dismantled using the Congressional Review Act; many will require Congressional action using the normal legislative process.

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