Government Relations

Meet Craig Brightup – Lobbyist for TRI Alliance

TRIA’s Washington, DC, lobbyist is Craig Brightup, CEO of The Brightup Group LLC, a government affairs consulting firm. Previously, he was NRCA’s VP of Government Relations, opening its Capitol Hill office in 1990, and before that headed congressional affairs for the Federal Trade Commission by appointment of President Reagan. In… Read more

Washington, DC Fly In – Government Relations Update

Wade Shepherd, Rick Olson, Congressman Mike Johnson, TJ Curtis, Craig Brightup April 5-7, 2022 – Washington, DC –  the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI Alliance) Government Relations Committee held a fly-in to Washington, DC to meet with key U.S. House and Senate members to raise attention to the serious issues… Read more

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule, 35K More H-2B Visas, DOL Updates

Updates from Washington, DC OSHA Recordkeeping Rule March 30, 2022 – OSHA published proposed amendments to its recordkeeping regulations that essentially requires businesses to submit additional injury and illness info to OSHA in keeping with what the Obama Administration had in mind. Current regulations require summary Form 300A to be… Read more

Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, OSHA & other updates from DC

Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Implementation Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA – bipartisan infrastructure bill) is moving slowly. According to POLITICO, “About 75% of the infrastructure law will be distributed to states via a complicated formula set by existing statute, including the bulk of federal highway… Read more

Government Relations in California

TRI Alliance is Active in Sacramento re: AB1227 On March 10, 2022, the TRI Alliance joined with ARMA, asphalt shingle manufacturers and the roofing contractor trade associations in Sacramento to meet with numerous California Senators dealing with energy initiatives. Our strong coalition represented 95% of the steep slope roofing materials… Read more

Government Relations Updates for February 2022

State of the Union, FY22 Funding, OSHA Updates & New Executive Order State of the Union Address The State of the Union address that normally occurs in late January is on March 1. This date may have been chosen to buy more time for the Build Back Better Act (BBBA)… Read more

OSHA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Powered Industrial Trucks

Good News for the Construction Industry In 2019, OSHA published a Request For Information (RFI) on updating its standards regarding Powered Industrial Trucks. TRIA contractor members and others in the construction industry feared that older forklifts, etc., might not meet OSHA’s updated standards which would have significant financial consequences. Construction… Read more

Government Relations Updates for January 2022

OSHA Activity, Tax Hikes, Roofing Day in DC OSHA Withdraws COVID ETS In January OSHA withdrew its COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in view of the Supreme Court’s stay and statement that challengers were likely to prevail.  But OSHA also says it is not withdrawing the ETS… Read more
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