Government Affairs

AGC Government AffairsAGC’s Public and Strategic Affairs Department is focused on protecting the commercial construction industry’s interests at the state level of government, while working closely with AGC of America to defend the industry at the federal level. The Legislative Forum develops AGC’s core policy issues which serve as a guide for all of the Government Affairs team’s work.

AGC’s Public and Strategic Affairs team works closely with a broad range of elected and non-elected public officials to shape industry sensitive legislation and regulations that impact how the industry conducts its day-to-day business. The AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter PACs constitute the political arm of the chapter and engage in the following political activities: 1) support candidates seeking public office, and 2) support or oppose issues or ballot measures that have a significant impact on the construction industry.

  • Read through the core policy issues for additional information on AGC’s legislative priorities and goals.
  • Access our Political Action Center to find ways to make your own voice heard through contacting your local legislators.
  • Visit the AGC Blog for the most current legislative news.

If you have any further questions, please contact Public Affairs Manager Sarah Coghill, 503-685-8307 or 800-826-6610.

Construction at the Capitol2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

2015 Legislative Session Report

2015 Legislative Session Report

2015 Mid-Session Report

2015 Mid-Session Report

2014 Post-Election Report

2014 Post-Election Report

2014 AGC Legislative Session Report

2014 AGC Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Recent Public and Strategic Affairs Blog Entries:


March 14, 2017

OP-ED: Construction’s next generation making connections at OSU

March 01, 2017

OROSHA Proposed Changes to Walking-Working Surfaces and PPE

January 20, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Legislative Session Sneak Preview at the ABM

December 15, 2016

Jordan Cove Supporters Going Back to FERC

December 08, 2016

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Overtime Rule

November 16, 2016

OP-ED: 2016 elections are over – where do we go from here?

November 07, 2016

The Importance of Balance in Government

October 31, 2016

OR Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Big River Const.

October 22, 2016

The Industry’s VOTE Matters!

October 21, 2016

OP-ED: Looking at the need for real tax reform in Oregon

October 05, 2016

WSDOT Disparity Study Stakeholder Meeting

September 21, 2016

GOSH Conference Call for Nominations

September 21, 2016

DOSH Hazard Alert: Lead Exposure During Cable De-Tensioning Work

August 16, 2016

OP-ED: Metro-area congestion solution needs leadership – now

August 15, 2016

Ladder Safety and Alternatives to Ladder Usage Workshop

August 09, 2016

Stakeholders Q&A: Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

July 21, 2016

What Breakout Sessions will you be attending Saturday, August 13?

July 20, 2016

OP-ED: Collaboration will further air emissions progress

July 18, 2016

AGCA ConstructorCast Episode Explores OSHA Silica Rule

July 11, 2016

IP 65 Campaign Hits Milestone

July 07, 2016

Premier Breakout Session Just Added

July 05, 2016

OP-Ed: Government and the total cost of citizenship

June 22, 2016

Minimum Wage Rule

June 22, 2016

Cell Phones and Mobile Equipment Don’t Mix

June 21, 2016

Win $100 Gift Card to Cabela’s!

June 17, 2016

OROSHA Exploring Heat Related Illness in Oregon

June 17, 2016

OP-ED: Oregon’s initiative and referendum process: a growing crisis

June 16, 2016

Spotlight on Mark Knight and Stephen Sandherr of AGC of America

June 06, 2016

Is Your Company Prepared for the Summer Heat?

May 23, 2016

Photo Radar Helps Keep Work Zones Safe

May 20, 2016

Input on OSHA Change to Silica Wanted

May 19, 2016

DOL Announces Final Rule Updating Overtime Exemptions

May 19, 2016

OP-ED: IP 65 is what Oregon’s construction industry needs

May 16, 2016

Work Zone Design Saves Lives

May 09, 2016

Oregon Transportation Safety Month’s in Full Swing!

May 06, 2016

Oregon’s infrastructure needs are vast

May 04, 2016

Why Are Bridges Turning Orange?

April 29, 2016

Distracted Driving Awareness Month Wraps Up

April 22, 2016

Eligible Grant Funded Activity for Highway and Non-Road Diesel

April 08, 2016

Chapter Board Endorses IP65

March 30, 2016

FHWA Webinar on Grants for Alternative Revenue Approaches

March 18, 2016

Help AGCA Strengthen Its Legislative Efforts

March 17, 2016

OP-ED: A postmortem of the 2016 legislative session

March 04, 2016

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

March 03, 2016

Review and Comment on the ODOT Disparity Study

March 02, 2016

CTE is a win for the economy and our kids

February 17, 2016

Williams to Chair National Transportation Group

February 17, 2016

OP-ED: Initiative Petition 28 is bad for business

January 26, 2016

Sick Leave Assistance Is Available to You!

January 21, 2016

OP-ED: Big industry goals for the Legislature’s short session

January 19, 2016

BOLI Statewide Sick Leave Training

January 13, 2016

Dozer Day Needs You!

December 18, 2015

Mandated Sick Leave Technical Assistance Seminars

December 04, 2015

Investment in Infrastructure is an Investment Our Workforce

December 01, 2015

Hwy/Transit Bill Doesn’t Address Future Revenue Needs

November 20, 2015

Over 50 Employees and Working on a State Contract?

November 19, 2015

OP-ED: Inaction will be costly for transportation infrastructure

November 09, 2015

Environmental Compliance Website for Construction

October 29, 2015

Do You Have What It Takes to be an Ironworker?

October 27, 2015

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Pipefitter?

October 22, 2015

Do You Have What It Takes to be an Electrician?

October 21, 2015

OP-ED: Uneven recovery means more work is needed

October 20, 2015

Construction Unemployment Hits Sept Low, But Hiring Slows

October 19, 2015

Court Issues Stay of EPA/Corps Regulation RE: Waters of US

October 17, 2015

Do You Have What It Takes to be a Carpenter?

October 16, 2015

Public Hearings on Statewide Mandated Paid Sick Leave Law

October 13, 2015

October is Oregon’s Careers in Construction Month

September 28, 2015

Paid Sick Leave: Your Input Needed

September 21, 2015

2015 CTE Revitalization Grant Proposal Reviewers Are Needed!

September 18, 2015

OP-Ed: A future workforce: OSU program leads by example

September 16, 2015

Working on a Project Near a Railroad?

September 15, 2015

So. Oregon Contractor Discusses Workforce Training

September 11, 2015

Contractors Feeling Workforce Pinch

September 11, 2015

Register for the AGCA Hwy Contractors Conference

September 03, 2015

How State and Local Construction Dollars Are Spent

August 19, 2015

OP-ED: Jordan Cove project will transform community, industry

August 12, 2015

U.S. Construction Unemployment Hits 14-Year Low

August 11, 2015

Workplace Safety Training Grants Available

August 05, 2015

AGCA Publications Keep You Informed

July 24, 2015

OP-ED: No transportation bill: a failure of vision, leadership

July 23, 2015

Senate Debates Long-Term Highway and Transit Bill

July 21, 2015

Transportation Investment Will Increase National Employment

July 14, 2015

Workers’ Comp Participants Receive Nearly $8M Retro

July 09, 2015

AGC’s 2015 Legislative Session Report

July 07, 2015

Seminars to Navigate Occupational Wage Survey

July 06, 2015

Workplace Safety Training Grants Available

June 26, 2015

OROSHA Reminds You to Prevent Heat Illness During Heat Wave

June 16, 2015

Having a Difficult Time Finding Qualified Workers?

June 12, 2015

Oregon Needs Funding Help with Deficient Bridges

June 03, 2015

Final Call: ODOT Disparity Study Survey

May 28, 2015

National Safety Stand-Down Reaches Millions of Workers!

May 26, 2015

OP-ED: Orange is the key clue for drivers

May 05, 2015

Workers Speak Out About Being Hit in Oregon Work Zones

April 28, 2015

AGC’s 2015 Mid-Session Report

April 21, 2015

Fallen Workers to be Remembered 4/28

April 15, 2015

OP ED: Construction workers of the 21st century

April 10, 2015

OR Construction Companies Give $1M to OSU Safety Program

April 07, 2015

ODOT DBE Goal for FY2015-2016 Approved

March 23, 2015

Stand Down to Prevent Falls

March 20, 2015

Rapping About Ergonomics??

March 19, 2015

Join AGC at the OAME Tradeshow & Luncheon

March 18, 2015

OP-ED: State-mandated paid sick leave worrisome

March 12, 2015

Chapter Members Receive Safety Awards

March 06, 2015

AGC and Lane County ESD Making CTE Inroads

March 05, 2015

CBO Reports on Infrastructure Spending

March 05, 2015

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Passes House 31 to 29

March 03, 2015

Career Technical Education Day at the Capitol Focuses on Success

February 19, 2015

CTE Day in the Capitol Next Wednesday

February 03, 2015

ODOT Disparity Study Public Meetings

February 02, 2015

Here We Go…The 2015 Legislative Session Has Begun!

January 30, 2015

Let’s Take a Fresh Look at Safety

January 26, 2015

Changes to OSHA Division 1 General Administrative Rules

January 22, 2015

Register for the GOSH Conference

January 21, 2015

OP-ED: Gearing up for more growth in 2015

January 20, 2015

Join Safety Break for Oregon

January 12, 2015

Action-Packed 2015 Legislative Session is Upon Us

December 17, 2014

Final Rule on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

December 17, 2014

OP-ED: Applauding a plan to invest in career technical education

December 05, 2014

AGC Staff Burns Calories Honoring Veterans

December 04, 2014

AGC’s Southwestern Travels

December 02, 2014

OIT Student Chapter Takes Third in National Contest

November 20, 2014

OP-ED: Following elections, state issues will mirror federal ones

November 13, 2014

OROSHA – Adopted Changes to Oxygen-fuel Gas Standards

November 07, 2014

AGC 2014 Post-Election Report

October 17, 2014

AGC Adds New Core Policy Position

October 15, 2014

OP-ED: Elections Matter to Everyone in the Industry

September 22, 2014

Separating Workers From Traffic

September 16, 2014

Come Help Shape AGC’s Core Policies

September 15, 2014

Complete the Workforce Survey, Enter to Win

September 10, 2014

Nominate a Safety Standout Today!

September 09, 2014

AGCA Workforce Survey

September 05, 2014

Construction employment rises; labor shortages reported

September 05, 2014

Costs run high for Portland’s digital permitting efforts

September 02, 2014

It Can Be a Dangerous Profession

August 28, 2014

ACE Academy BBQ Inaugurates AGC’s First Ever High School Student Chapter

August 05, 2014

Bend Workplace Safety & Health Event 9/24–25

August 04, 2014

OROSHA – Proposed Changes to Confined Spaces Standard

August 04, 2014

Register for the 8/6 Nat’l Transportation Town Hall Mtg

August 01, 2014

CM/GC Legislation and Administrative Rules Effective July 1

July 31, 2014

Senate to Pass Highway Funding Extension; Obama Will Sign

July 25, 2014

Workforce Grants in Action: Building Girls Camp

July 17, 2014

Technology Improves Safety

July 10, 2014

Congress Approves Reforms To Workforce Development System

July 10, 2014

AGC Awards Over $192,000 in Workforce Grants

June 18, 2014

Reducing Speed in Work Zones

June 12, 2014

AGCA Joins Hiring Our Heroes Program

May 22, 2014

Incentives for DC Fly-Ins

May 20, 2014

What Does “Safe” Mean in a Work Zone?

May 19, 2014

New ODOT Safety Video Available

May 14, 2014

AGC Takes Part in “Safety Break for Oregon”

May 07, 2014

Oregon Transportation Safety Awareness Month

April 25, 2014

ODOT State Radio Project Bid Packages

April 18, 2014

AGC Updates Core Policy Positions

April 04, 2014

AGC Supports OSU Industry Liaison Position

March 26, 2014

USDOT Announces Rulemaking; Task Force Members Sought

March 24, 2014

All AGC Members Welcome to Attend Legislative Committee Forum

March 12, 2014

2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

February 28, 2014

End of Short Session Coming Soon

February 20, 2014

ODOT Proposes DBE Goal

February 18, 2014

2014 Legislative Session First Deadline Passed

February 05, 2014

Apprenticeship Bill Passes Oregon House

February 04, 2014

2014 Oregon Legislative Session Convened Yesterday

January 29, 2014

Sandherr Comments on State of the Union Speech

January 17, 2014

Nearly $9M Awarded 24 CTE Grants to 140 Oregon Schools

January 15, 2014

Portland’s Sick Leave Law Can Be Headache! Let AGC Help You!

January 08, 2014

What Does the Future of P3 Look Like in Oregon?

December 19, 2013

Missed AGC’s First Sick Leave Training? Our Next Training is Here!

December 05, 2013

AGC’s December Sick Leave Training is Fast Approaching!

November 21, 2013

Confused by Portland’s Mandated Sick Leave Ordinance?

November 18, 2013

AGC Welcomes Mike Eliason as Public Affairs Counsel

October 21, 2013

AGC Responds to BOLI Proposal on Portland’s Sick Leave Ordinance

September 06, 2013

AGC Submits Comments Regarding City of Portland Sick Leave Ordinance

August 16, 2013

Take the AGCA Workforce Survey

July 30, 2013

Enjoy Great Education and Speakers at the Convention

July 17, 2013

2013 AGC Legislative Session Report

July 05, 2013

Low-Carbon Standards Bill Won’t Help The Environment or Economy

July 02, 2013

Apprenticeship Task Force Bill Signed by Governor

June 27, 2013

City of Portland Early Assistance and Public Works Inquiry Changes

June 25, 2013

CMGC Bill Ready for Governor’s Signature

June 21, 2013

ODOT Announces DBE Goal

June 19, 2013

Construction Zone Photo Radar Bill Signed by Governor

June 12, 2013

Bill Restoring Exclusive Remedy Workers’ Comp Protections Ready for Governor’s Signature

June 04, 2013

Retainage Bill on the Way to Governor’s Desk for Signature

May 29, 2013

Understanding the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

May 21, 2013

Construction Industry Celebrates 40 Years of Regulatory Success

April 22, 2013

Poll: Put brakes on US gas tax

March 29, 2013

OSU CEM Officers Lead Winter Wonderings Event with Kids

March 18, 2013

Low Carbon Fuel Standards Bill Heard in Oregon Senate

March 13, 2013

Prevailing Wage Seminar: The What, Who, and Why of It – March 21

March 12, 2013

Governor Signs I-5 Bridge Replacement Project Bill into Law

March 06, 2013

AGC Supports Vocational Education Funding Expansion

March 01, 2013

Construction Industry United in Supporting Limiting Retainage on Construction Contracts

February 22, 2013

Coming Monday: LCFS Lobby Day at the State Capitol

February 20, 2013

AGC’s Sandherr: US Needs Long-Term Transportation Funding

February 12, 2013

AGC’s President Weighs in on I-5 Bridge Replacement (Columbia River Crossing) Project Joint Committee Hearing

December 18, 2012

Busy Week in the Capitol

December 07, 2012

Support for I-5 Bridge Gains Momentum

November 01, 2012

Transportation Needs and Funding Options in Washington State

October 19, 2012

AGC Oregon-Columbia, CRC & SWCA Host CRC Workshop

October 18, 2012

AGCA Launches New ConstructionVotes GOTV Website

September 25, 2012

Diesel Powers Oregon’s Economy

July 03, 2012

Summary: Federal Highway Bill

June 21, 2012

Congressional Conferees Close to a Deal on Federal Highway Bill

June 05, 2012

AGCA 2012 Pollution Liability Coverage Survey

May 21, 2012

Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Field – Coming to AGC

May 18, 2012

New Pipeline Safety Rule Proposed

May 02, 2012

EPA Clean Diesel Funding Opportunity

May 01, 2012

“Quickie Election” Rule – Effective April 30, 2012

April 26, 2012

Federal Highway Bills Head to Conference

April 19, 2012

New ODOT DBE Program Goals – Public Hearing Announcement

April 11, 2012

AGC of America Rolls Out New ConsensusDocs Platform

April 09, 2012

Washington State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Contractors

April 04, 2012

EPA Releases Template for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

April 03, 2012

Oregon Court of Appeals Ruling May Hurt LLCs

March 23, 2012

State Highway Fund Revenue Forecast

March 23, 2012

Transportation bill showdown begins next week

March 20, 2012

Governor’s Regulatory Streamlining and Simplification Project — Input Request

March 19, 2012

Training Opportunity: CARB Heavy Duty Diesel Regulations

March 13, 2012

2012 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

March 06, 2012

Oregon DEQ Announcement: Grant Funding Available

March 02, 2012

2012 Legislative Presentation to the Board of Directors

February 21, 2012

Legislature Adopts Changes to Oregon Prompt Pay Law

February 17, 2012

2012 Annual Session Reaches Half Way Point

February 14, 2012

AGC Members are Stepping Up in Salem

February 10, 2012

US Senate Moves Ahead With Transportation Bill

February 09, 2012

ACTION ALERT: Ask Your US Senator to Support Transportation Funding

February 09, 2012

Oregon Revenue Forecast Released Yesterday

February 07, 2012

Important California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Development

February 02, 2012

2012 Legislative Session Convened Yesterday

January 31, 2012

Proposed Federal Rule Could Add Cost, Administrative Burdens

January 19, 2012

A Message from the New Oregon Transportation Commission Chair

January 13, 2012

Recent news on the economy

January 06, 2012

The Economics of Construction Employment in Oregon

January 05, 2012

Feds Ban Truck Driver Use of Hand Held Mobile Phones

January 03, 2012

Prevailing Wage Rate Information and Seminars

December 21, 2011

Environmental Successes at the State and Federal Levels

December 15, 2011

Imbalance in the Real Estate Market

December 14, 2011

The Oregon Leadership Summit

December 07, 2011

Career and Technical Education Grant Application Now Available


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