The following was reprinted from : ABC Legislative Update #2 - Tallahassee 2014
Masonry Education Legislation (SB 286 Richter/HB 147 Caldwell): Legislative Goal - Job Creation
One of the biggest issues currently facing the Commercial Construction industry in Florida is a skilled worker shortage. Identifying job opportunities within the industry, educating people on the benefits of working in construction and offering the necessary training continue to be one of the biggest hurdles out there. This legislation would allow for the creation of a statewide Concrete Masonry Education Council that can focus on the above efforts in a direct manner on behalf of this aspect of our industry. As the largest provider of apprenticeship training in the state, ABC strongly supports this legislation as it is a step towards building the skill set and worker volume we need in Florida in order for construction to be a successful and productive part of the Florida economy.
ABC of FL has forged a strong relationship with the Masonry Association of Florida to pass this bill. SB 286 and HB 147 are awaiting their last committee hearing before proceeding to the floor for a vote.
:: UPDATE :: CS/SB 286 is being heard on the Governmental Oversight & Accountability committee tomorrow, April 3, 2014 @ 9:00 AM. CS/SB 286 is 2nd on the agenda. You can watch the proceeding live here: http://www.flsenate.gov/