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California Subcontractors Legislative Conference
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento CA

Keynote Speaker:

Robert Padilla
Small Business Advocate

Bills Being Lobbied:

clean up "substantially complex" so 5% retention cap can be maintained
getting change orders and payment on them!

Issues Being Discussed:

Subcontractor Right to Stop Work for Non-Payment
474 Clean Up
Remove "unless otherwise agreed to in writing"

YOUR Concerns -- An opportunity to ask questions and identify current and emerging issues of subcontractors and suppliers.

Special Panel Discussion:

Surety, Insurance and Contract Concerns of 2014


California Subcontractors Legislative Conference

YOUR Association wants YOU to attend the second annual
California Subcontractors Legislative Conference

Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento CA

The sponsors of the function have a
special offer for their members:
$75.00 Registration (Non-Members pay $150)

If you are affiliated with any of these sponsoring organizations, you qualify, and you need to SIGN UP NOW!!

      ð American Subcontractors Association California
      ð Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties
      ð Crawford & Bangs LLP
      ð Gerdau Reinforcing Steel
      ð Los Angeles Painting & Finishing Contractors Association
      ð Mason Contractors Association of California
      ð Northern California Glass Management Association
      ð Northern California Painting & Finishing Contractors
      ð Painters & Decorators Contractors Association of Sacramento
      ð Painting & Decorating Contractors of California
      ð Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors
      ð Roofing Contractors Association of California
      ð Southern California Glass Management Association
      ð Surety Association of San Diego
      ð Union Roofing Contractors Association
      ð Wall and Ceiling Alliance
      ð Western Steel Council

Subcontractors, suppliers and industry service providers will be gathering at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento across the street from the Capitol to discuss pending legislation that affects the construction industry.  There are issues you will want to learn about and lobby, and others you will be interested in that impact your future.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit their own senator and assembly member after learning how to lobby their position on the bills. Talking points will
be provided. 

To Register and pay by Credit Card, go to
Make your check payable to ASAC and mail with this form to PO Box 292867, Sacramento CA 95829

(Updated March 24, 2014)

Schedule and Speakers Set for CSLC - California Subcontractors Legislative Conference

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Make Your Voice Heard!

9:00 a.m. Registration,      Continental Breakfast, Networking

9:30 a.m. Welcome,      Dan McLennon, Esq., ASAC GR Chairman

9:40 a.m. How a Bill Becomes Law:      Video: "School House Rock"
                 Marc Connerly, ED, Roofing Contractors Association of California

10:00 a.m. Women in Charge - Panel Discussion
                   Surety, Insurance and Contract Concerns of 2014

                   Anne Wright, Surety Associates of Southern California
                   Cyndi Bielman, President, Surety Association of San Diego
                   Tracy Berry, Contracts Manager, Cupertino Electric Inc.
                   Sharon Rusconi, President, Lesron Insurance Agency Inc

10:25 a.m. Panel Presentation

                   Dan McLennon, Esq., McLennon Law Corporation
                   Scott Holbrook, Esq., Crawford & Bangs LLP
                   Skip Daum, ASAC Legislative Advocate

           Prelude to Next Year
                    Subcontractor Right to Stop Work for Non-Payment
                    474 Clean Up
                    Remove "unless otherwise agreed to in writing"
                    "What's On Your Mind?" An opportunity to ask questions and identify current and emerging issues for subcontractors.

           Bills to Take Across to the Capitol
           AB 1705 SUPPORT; clean up "substantially complex" so 5% retention cap can be maintained
                    AB 2471 SUPPORT; getting change orders and payment on them!

11:00 a.m. Keynote -Robert Pedilla, Small Business Advocate, CA High-Speed Rail Authority

11:30 a.m. Assembly Member Wieckowski, Presentation of Appreciation Award for Authoring SB 164 (PPP Bonds)
                  Plaque presentation by Brett Eckles, ASAC President

12:00 noon Lunch

12:30 p.m. How to Lobby Your Legislators Today Using Bill Sheets;
                   Do's and Don'ts of Lobbying
                   Skip Daum, Capitol Communications Group, ASAC Advocate

1:00 p.m. Group Photograph on Hotel Lobby Staircase

1:15 p.m. Lobby Appointments in the Capitol

2: - 4:00 Cookie Break to Share Results and Intel;
               Coffee & Cookies in Capitol Basement Beneath Rotunda

Be sure to visit the Capitol's gift shop, bill room, and theater, which shows a short video on the Capitol's construction and renovation, all located in the basement. Tour the Senate and Assembly Galleries on the third floor of the restored portion of the Capitol..."under the dome".


(Updated April 1, 2014)

Das Williams ASAC companies in Assembly Member Das Williams' district 37 (Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Santa Paula, and the Channel   Islands) initially spoke to him about introducing a bill that would cap retentions at 5% in private works. This is great grassroots action!

Upon further discussion with several lobbying trade groups, the idea needs a bit more time to brew, as the 5% cap in public works already has some problems. School districts are declaring simple projects as "substantially complex" which allows the cap to be exceeded. The strategy has long been to let public works accommodate this limitation first and then go for private works. And, the idea that the State should dictate private contracting is troublesome to many.

Assembly Member Williams decided to fix the problems in public works first and has introduced AB 1705 for ASAC. Since then NECA and SMACNA have offered to co-sponsor the measure. ASAC intends to make this the main focus for 2014, and we will lobby this bill when you are here for the CA Subcontractors Legislative Conference on April 2.


On another issue, ASAC has decided that it will not sponsor legislation this year that would prevent situations whereby subcontractors are required to provide additional insurance for the negligence of general contractors. The current law, effective just 14 months ago, contained a provision that inadvertently allowed this to occur. ASAC's Government Relations Committee detected this deficiency and even suggested amendments to the law that would prevent it from happening.

However, there has been scant evidence of actual harm or damages to subcontractors thus far. Without this many legislators would be (and as other trade organizations already are) reluctant to re-open the debate as the first venture at reforming indemnity laws was extremely hard fought and opponents would quickly seize upon another such bill to attempt further amendments to the detriment of the subcontracting community.

Among several reasons for this decision are:
1. Not enough damage has been caused yet. (Indeed, some maintain that such indemnity policies are unenforceable.)
2. There's enough on our plate already by sponsoring AB 1705 to clean up the "substantially complex" loophole found in AB 293 and already being exploited by some public agencies.
3. Other bills are coming in that we will need to deal with, change orders being one.
4. The legislature doesn't prevent waits for the whole train to wreck (the "not enough damage" argument).
5. We will have a fight on our hands with AB 1705 as school districts, sanitation districts and maybe water agencies (who will be building facilities pursuant to the Governor's drought legislation) will oppose.
6. There will be opportunities to initiate another bill in January 2015, after the elections when new legislators arrive and the above issues are behind us.

ASAC President Brett Eckles and Government Relations Chair Dan McLennon appreciate your understanding and continuing support as we work through the remainder of this legislative session. Please be sure to register for the second annual CA Subcontractors Legislative Conference on April 2 so you can have a hand in lobbying our many issues! Go here: (

This is very you.

When Senate Bill 293 passed last year subcontractors believed that they finally achieved a 5% cap on retention in public projects. However, a clause in the bill allows the cap to be exceeded if the project is "substantially complex". Since then we've seen simple projects being declared substantially complex. In effect, public entities are evading the law. Worse, subcontractors are being taken advantage of...again!

We need your help to stop this abuse.
Legislators are convinced of a need only when confronted with actual proof of the abuse. We need your help to prove the problem exists. Gathering hundreds of examples will help legislators move toward retaining the 5% cap.

Please fax or scan and email copies of all bidding docs that declare a project to be "SC" to ASAC immediately. This is your opportunity to "citizen lobby" the issue. YOU hold the key!

No Proof = No 5% Cap!

ASAC represents its Members, and together we make change happen.

FAX TO 530-662-2865

ASAC Appreciates YOUR Help!

Once again as we work in a very active legislative session, ASAC leaders anticipate your doing your part, helping our Subcontractor community when we ask for your letters and phone calls.

Remember -- We only ask when we truly believe your efforts will be influential in determining the direction a bill or movement heads.

Those efforts do make a difference! There's strength in numbers!!!!!

(Updated March 24, 2014)

ASAC - Leading Construction Subcontractors to Equitable Legislation in California

Notes on the ASAC Website Layout: The American Subcontractors Association of California (ASAC) website is divided into the sections covering ASAC strengths as an association. We have our Legislative Advocacy program tracking and developing the new construction laws in Sacramento. The ASAC, also, is very fortunate to have a Judicial Advocacy program run by the finest construction attorneys up and down California to follow and try the latest construction cases in California's courts. And, lastly, ASAC has an expanding Benefits program from insurance offerings, to the website which has been developed to help keep subcontractors and suppliers informed of the latest construction issues affecting their daily business.

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