By Mark Valentini, Director of Legislative Affairs
PHCC hosted its annual PHCC Political Action Committee (PAC) reception at the Dallara Indycar Factory during PHCCCONNECT2019 in Indianapolis (a sincere thank you from the PHCC government affairs team to all who attended!). Guests enjoyed access to race car simulators, interactive displays telling the history of Indycar racing, and much-needed respite from a long day of networking, meetings, and education sessions.
The annual PAC reception is an opportunity for PHCC to recognize the hard work its state and local chapters who invest in advocacy efforts to make our industry stronger. Congratulations to three state chapters who were recognized for exemplary service to its members through their grassroots and legislative programs.
PHCC of Missouri (2019 Legislative Excellence Award)
By implementing a strategy that included coalescing with industry partners and labor groups, testifying before key committees in the state legislature, lobbying state lawmakers to educate them on the importance of protecting the licensing structure in the state, and identifying champions in the state legislature, PHCC of Missouri ultimately defeated legislation in the state capital that would have threatened the administration of mechanical licensure. Pictured: PHCC of Missouri Executive Director Ray Hefner (left) accepts the Legislative Excellence Award from PHCC Government Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Giebelhaus (right).
PHCC of Iowa (2019 Legislative Excellence Award)
PHCC of Iowa succeeded in getting licensing legislation passed for master plumbers, journeymen, and apprentices in both the plumbing and HVAC/mechanical trades back in 2008, but a critical component regarding state inspections was left out. In the most recent session of their state legislature, this PHCC chapter worked with industry and labor groups to introduce legislation to require state inspections for plumbing and mechanical work, which is currently working its way through the state capitol. In addition, they have worked tirelessly at the federal level pressuring the U.S. Department of Labor to issue new guidance on apprenticeship ratios. Pictured: Jeff Berndt (left) accepts the Legislative Excellence Award on behalf of PHCC of Iowa from PHCC Government Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Giebelhaus (right).
PHCC of Ohio (2019 Grassroots Excellence Award)
The PHCC Grassroots Award is given to the PHCC chapter that exhibits an extraordinary ability to mobilize its members in pursuit of a legislative goal in their state capitol. PHCC of Ohio members partnered with their counterparts in the HVAC industry for their annual legislative day, where more than 40 p-h-c professionals stormed their state capital to advocate for legislation expanding licensing requirements to include residential construction, which is currently being considered. They also fought tirelessly against legislation increasing taxes against Ohio small businesses. Pictured: PHCC Vice President Hunter Botto (left) presents the Grassroots Excellence Award to Rocco Fana of PHCC of Ohio (right).
Director of Legislative Affairs , PHCC-National Association