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H-2B update 3-16-18 Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 16, 2018 12:00 AM


H-2B update

Here is the latest update from the lobbyist for the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress is close to wrapping up its negotiations over a spending bill for the remainder of fiscal 2018. We believe H-2B cap relief will be included in that package thanks to everyone’s continued advocacy and outreach. We expect that the bill will include substantial relief for two years, as well as the first permanent cap relief in decades. While the language being negotiated will not satisfy 100% of the demand for H-2B visas, it is a significant step forward. The final negotiations over the spending bill should be wrapped up on Monday.

While calls to your lawmakers in your home state urging cap relief are helpful, we strongly recommend that you do not reference any specific language, which is counterproductive in the middle of delicate negotiations. Also, please do not call any Senators or Representatives beyond your elected officials. Congressional staff see non-constituent phone calls and a waste of time and not helpful.

We will keep you updated on the status of cap relief in the final spending bill and let you know the details as soon as a bill is released.

 
Critical week in the H-2B fight Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Monday, March 12, 2018 12:00 AM


H-2B update

Congressional negotiations over the fiscal 2018 year-end spending bill, also known as the omnibus appropriations bill, could be wrapped up this week. Legislation must be signed into law by March 23. It is crucial that you weigh in with your elected officials one last time and urge them to personally speak to their party leaders about the urgent need to include H-2B cap relief in the omnibus bill. Please focus on calling your own elected officials, rather than reaching out directly to leadership offices.

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New toll-free H-2B calling system Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 09, 2018 02:00 PM


H-2B updateNALP set up a toll-free calling system to assist H-2B users in calling their elected officials. The details about how to use the system are below. Please keep up the calls to your Senators and Representative urging them to include H-2B cap relief in the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill. Read the NALP announcement:

Call Congress on Us to Urge H-2B Cap-Relief Today!
We are entering a critical stage in the fight for 2018 cap-relief. Significant progress has been made and our efforts are paying off! Despite progress, we can not let up - Congress is also hearing from anti-immigration groups who are urging AGAINST providing any additional H-2B visas. NALP has established a new TOLL-FREE calling system to connect H-2B users and stakeholders directly to the D.C. offices of their members of Congress!

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Legislative Days on the Hill 2018 dates announced Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 02, 2018 12:00 AM


Save the dates

Legislative Days on the Hill allows you to become a Washington “insider” on the legislative and regulatory agenda for the landscape industry. Join ALCC members for this three-day event in Washington, D.C. July 15-17 hosted by NALP.

Learn more at NALP's site.

 
Update on SB18-062 (3/1/18) Email
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Written by John McMahon   
Friday, March 02, 2018 12:00 AM

A legislative update from our partners at the Accredited Snow Contractors Association:

The Colorado State Senate passed SB 18-062 on third reading, 27-8. However, ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride says a lot of work still needs to be done as the association's model legislation heads to the House for consideration.

The bill may require some additional tweaking to appease opposition forces building in the House. The addition of the right amendment could neutralize any existing political dissension for SB 18-062.

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