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Can't attend the H-2B fly-in? You can still help. Email
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 02:00 AM

 

H-2B Advocacy DayIf you cannot attend Wednesday's fly-in for H-2B Advocacy Day, you can still support the effort wherever you are. Please take a few minutes this week to call your elected officials and tweet at them about the urgent need for H-2B cap relief. Please do the following:

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Call your Senators today to support H-2B (4/26/17) Email
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 02:00 AM

Save the H-2B program

 

Senator Flake has agreed to extend the letter he is circulating to Senate leadership in support of H2B cap relief until the close of business tomorrow (4/26).  Please call your Senators today and ask them to sign this important letter asking for Congress to re-instate the H-2B returning worker exemption. You can reach your Senators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 or directly:

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H-2B actions needed ASAP 4-18-17 Email
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 02:00 PM

Save the H-2B programPlease reach out to your Senators this week and ask them to sign the letter (download here ) that Senator Flake (R-AZ) is circulating. It will be sent to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer on Friday.

Current signatories on the letter are Senators Tillis (R-NC), King (I-ME) and Sullivan (R-AK). Please call your Senators today and urge them to sign onto this important letter asking for Congress to re-instate the H-2B returning worker exemption.

You can reach your Senators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 or directly:

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Update on commercial vehicle legislation [spring 2017] Email
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 02:00 PM


HB 1061 and HB 1105 were signed into law in Colorado during the current legislative session.

HB-1061, created by Colorado Motor Carriers Association and sponsored by Reps. J Becker & Melton and Senators Scott & Todd, defines commercial vehicles at a weight of 16,000 pounds rather than at 10,000 pounds due to the state mandates.

HB 1105 narrows the circumstances in which physical inspection of a vehicle is required before issuing legal documentation identifying the vehicle. If the vehicle was purchased from an out-of-state owner/dealer, an additional VIN inspection in Colorado is no longer required.

 
2017 Day on the Hill planned Email
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 02:00 AM

Legislative day on the HillFrom July 16 to 19, ALCC will welcome a delegation of members to Washington, D.C. for the landscape industry’s 2017 Legislative Day on the Hill, presented by NALP.

This trip is an opportunity for ALCC members to get to know their Congressional representatives and make their concerns heard. It’s also a chance to learn more about ALCC leadership and see how rewarding it can be to get involved.

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Support SB 156 (4-14-17) Email
Friday, April 14, 2017 12:22 PM


Please email the members of the House State Affairs Committee asking that they support SB 156 so it can move to full vote on the House floor.

The House State Affairs Committee will hear SB 156 on Wednesday.

This comprehensive defects reform bill is backed by the Metro Mayors Caucus, which represents 40 mayors and millions of constituents. It is also supported by the Colorado Municipal League, Habitat for Humanity and Housing Colorado, among others. And SB 156 passed the Colorado State Senate with bipartisan support.

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Urge the Senate Appropriations Committee to oppose SB 45! Email
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 02:00 AM


Oppose SB45While ALCC supports Colorado construction defects reform, Senate Bill 45 does not provide much-needed protections. The bill will continue to block the construction of attainable housing in Colorado by stripping legal protections put into place by state law and adding another lawyer of litigation on already over-burdened courts.

This bill also puts the interests of insurance companies ahead of the insured and hurts construction professionals, who must buy costly insurance to stay in business.

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H-2B actions needed ASAP 4-11-17 Email
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program update

Please see the letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer that Senator Flake (R-AZ) is circulating. Please contact your Senators ASAP and ask them to sign onto this letter in support of renewing the returning worker exemption.

You can reach your Senators through email or the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. For Colorado, reach them at:

Cory Gardner
Phone: 202 225-5941
Email: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory
@SenCoryGardner

Michael Bennet
Phone: 202 224-5852
Email: http://www.bennet.senate.gov/contact/
@SenBennetCO

 
Support H-2B Advocacy Day 2017 Email
Thursday, April 06, 2017 02:00 AM

#SaveH2B

Can’t make it to DC for the fly-in? We still need you to participate in H-2B Advocacy Day by doing the following on April 26 (and everyday until then):

1. Call your two Senators and your Representative. Find your Colorado rep on this list , or you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person to handles H-2B issues and tell him or her how important the H-2B program is to you. Ask them to:

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April 26, 2017: H-2B Advocacy Day Email
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 02:00 AM

#SaveH2BThe H-2B Workforce Coalition invites you to an H-2B fly-in and advocacy day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. We must continue to raise our collective voices to ensure that Congress re-instates the H-2B returning worker exemption immediately and passes permanent H-2B reform legislation.

The agenda for the day is:

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This week's H-2B actions 4-3-17 Email
Monday, April 03, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program update

From the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Congress must address federal spending bills for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 by April 28 in order to avoid a government shutdown. Congress needs to hear a steady drum beat from H-2B users across the country if we are going to be successful in re-instating the returning worker exemption through a year-end spending bill. Your help is crucial in this endeavor.

This week we need you to do the following:

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Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act introduced Email
Friday, March 31, 2017 01:00 PM

H-2B program update

Yesterday evening, Senators Tillis (R-NC), King (I-ME), Thune (R-SD), Collins (R-ME), Rounds (R-SD), Cornyn (R-TX), Murkowski (R-AK), Blunt (R-MO) and Warner (D-VA) introduced the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act (S. 792).  We are grateful for their leadership.

The bill would make the H-2B returning worker exemption permanent and streamline program processing.  

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April 26 H2B fly-in planned Email
Friday, March 31, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program update

The H-2B Workforce Coalition is organizing a fly-in on April 26. According to NALP, "The timing corresponds with the deadline for Congress to adopt a 2017 budget. Currently, the federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that extended 2016 budget allocations until April 28. If Congress fails to act prior to that date, the federal government would be forced to shut down. We are working with Congressional champions on strategy to include a returning worker exemption extension for 2017 in the budget measure that Congress will need to act on to avoid a shutdown."

Details on the fly-in will be posted here they are available. ALCC invites fellow members and H-2B users to join ALCC leaders for this one-day effort. The delegation will address issues around the H-2B visa program, including:

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