GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

IEC of Oregon Government Affairs

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IEC of Oregon is committed to monitoring the activities of the city, county, state and federal government – legislative, agency administrative, regulatory and legal issues – to assess the resulting impact on the open shop electrical industry in Oregon.

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IEC of Oregon analyzes issues, addresses technical components and educates lawmakers, and its own membership on how proposed and enacted legislation, agency programs, regulations and court decisions will affect the open shop electrical industry.

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Over the past 40 years, the IEC of Oregon’s Government Affairs Committee has gained respect and serves on a variety of agency and regulatory state committees. Aided by esteemed lobbyist Shawn Miller of Miller Public Affairs, the GAC allocates time and resources, sets legislative priorities, devises strategies and fights for IEC’s position on public policy.

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IEC of Oregon members are invited to support the IEC Political Action Committee Fund.

IEC of Oregon Important Achievements at the State Level

Limited Electrical Energy Licenses Reduction — IEC worked with the Building Codes Division and passed legislation to decrease the number of Limited Energy Electrician licenses from 11 to 2.  The bill eliminated confusion by licensees and regulators as to requirements, scope of work and continuing education.

Stopped Expansion of Prevailing Wage on Private Projects — IEC has been victorious in nearly every legislative session by killing the union’s attempt to expand prevailing wage to private projects within enterprise zones.

Prompt Payment — IEC passed legislation providing for payment timelines for owners, contractors and subcontractors on commercial construction projects.

Apprenticeship Ratio — IEC pushed legislation in 2005 (HB 2374) requiring the State Apprenticeship and Training Council to adopt rules establishing a minimum 1 to 1 numeric ratio of journeymen to apprentices for each apprenticeable occupation.  Although the bill did not pass, it forced BOLI Commissioner Dan Gardner to increase the number of apprentices on projects and to this day — IEC continues to push for a 1-1 ratio.

E-Permitting — IEC worked to pave the way for statewide one-stop E-permitting, promoting consistency, predictability, timeliness and efficiency — as the construction industry’s most important regulatory streamlining initiative.

Predictable Scheduling — Oregon became the first state to pass legislation on work scheduling requirements. However, IEC worked to exempt the construction industry and place a permanent local preemption on predictable/flex scheduling that prevents Portland and other
cities from enacting local ordinances.

Retainage — IEC pushed and passed legislation that cut the retainage requirement onconstruction projects in half putting more money in subcontractors’ pockets.

Fire Code — IEC passed legislation to clarify that the Building Codes Division has the authority over the State’s Fire Marshal for fire codes.

Expanded Minor Label Program — IEC successfully led the way to clarify and expand the scope of work for the minor label program — resulting in cost savings and increased job efficiency as well as benefits for the consumer.