Agenda Item 8
October 7, 2014
October 3, 2014
Drummer, Senior Legislative Attome¥fYfii)
Bill 40-14, Contracts and Procurement - Prevailing Wage
Requirements - Apprenticeship Training
Prevailing Wage Requirements
Bill 40-14, Contracts and Procurement
Apprenticeship Training, sponsored by Councilmembers Riemer and Branson, was introduced on
September 9,2014. A Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee worksession will be
scheduled at a later date.
Bill 40-14 would require a contractor or subcontractor on County construction contracts
subject to the County Prevailing Wage Law to provide apprenticeship training directly or by
making payments to support apprenticeship training programs operated by other organizations,
including the Building and Construction Technology Program operated by Montgomery College.
The Bill would also permit required payments made by a contractor or s.ubcontractor for
apprenticeship training programs to be deducted from the applicable prevailing wage rate.
Although the construction industry is an important source of middle class jobs, many
construction contractors report that they are having trouble finding qualified workers to fill key
positions. Apprenticeship training for construction craft workers is declining. Chapter 687 of
the 2009 Laws of Maryland established a State Apprenticeship Training Fund and required State
construction contractors to provide apprenticeship training or pay into the Fund. Bill 40-14
would provide a similar requirement for County construction contractors. Councilmember
Riemer explained the purpose of the Bill at ©13-16.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
Council member Riemer Memorandum
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