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LEGISLATIVE

PHCC is constantly working to protect our members companies and the P-H-C industries legislatively. We know you are busy with your business and cannot do it all. That is where we come in. PHCC and FAPHCC both have lobbyist on staff defending the industry. We are ahead of the issues are are influential in the lawmaking process. We stand together on National, State, and Local levels as the leader in the industry, fighting for our members rights.

 

National PHCC Legislation

National Association's Government Relations Department provides a voice for the p-h-c industry in Washington, D.C., and empowers members to participate in effective local grassroots activism.

RECENT SUCCESSES

  • Successfully fought for the repeal of expanded Form 1099 requirements

  • Effectively voiced concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint abatement rule

  • Enabled the withdrawal of the Department of Energy's proposal to redefine shower head regulations

  • Developed outreach programs to assist PHCC chapters with state government relations

  • Expanded grassroots efforts, with PHCC members generating more than 4.000 letters to members of Congress on issues of interest

CURRENT ISSUES

Lead Paint Rule

Effective April 22, 2010, re-modelers and contractors working in homes built before 1978 must be trained and certified by the EPA on lead-safe work practices before they can legally work in those homes. The rule is known as the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (LRRP).

Death Tax

As a tax applied to the transfer of a person's assets at death, this affects your right to transfer property at your death. Under current law, the tax is temporarily set at the rate of 35 percent with an exemption of $5 million. On January 1, 2013 the death tax is set to return to a rate of 55 percent and a $1 million exemption.

Workforce Guidelines for the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program

The Federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program designed to certify individuals to weatherize homes. The guidelines have been under development by DOE with little if any input from industry. The issue centers on the type of work to be performed by the certified individual.

 

Florida PHCC State Legislation

FAPHCC protects the rights of the industry on a state level. We work closely with our lobbyist in Tallahassee to be influential and aware of the changes in the industry. This is unfortunately something most contractors do not understand the value of. We are dedicated to securing the future of the plumbing trade. Florida PHCC protects the scope of work for all plumbing contractors in the state of Florida. We stand to keep the industry alive and fight other industries from taking away plumbing & HVAC jobs. Below is a list of some of the legislative battles that we monitor:

  • Preserve construction licensure scope of work for plumbing

  • Prevent efforts of competing trades to expand into areas requiring a plumbing license

  • Fight to reduce unlicensed activity (including overreach of "handyman exemption")

  • Ensure licensure continuing education requirements are manageable

  • Ensure Florida Building Code and permit requirements are manageable

  • Participate in development of building codes for Florida

  • Ensure workers' compensation insurance rates are kept as low as possible

  • Ensure workers' compensation requirements are kept under control

  • Participate in unemployment compensation tax policy

  • Ensure construction lien law requirements are not expanded

  • Prevent efforts by utility company intrusion

  • Protect plumbing industry against theft of metals (from job sites, trucks, or inventory)