Weekly Poll (33)


In a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, it was announced that the state of New Jersey could not block construction of the PennEast natural gas pipeline on state lands. Do you think the use of eminent domain power will be used to progress other infrastructure projects in the nation?


The New York State Senate and State Assembly recently passed legislation that extends full and complete liability to the general contractor or construction manager on a project for any non-payment of wages by any subcontractor on private construction projects. Do you think similar legislation should be adopted across all states?


In March, Massachusetts introduced legislation to require solar roofs on new residential and commercial buildings. The Solar Neighborhoods Act was reportedly filed at the beginning of the month, with a companion bill filed in the Senate. Do you foresee similar legislation being proposed in more states?


An industry professional in New York was recently sentenced to 24 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $420,000. Do you think that penalty was warranted?


The Natural Resources Defense Council, along with its partners, announced last month that it had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers over redefining Navigable Waters Protection Rule. Although the redefinition wouldn’t go into effect until June 22, do you think the suit will successfully postpone the change?


In New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders recently passed Senate Bill S6599, which sets a net-zero emissions economy goal by 2050. Joining six other states with zero-emission electricity goals or requirements, do you think the U.S. will eventually have similar legislation pass in all 50 states?


Just last month Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 136 and Senate Bill 231 into law. Bill 136 lowers the prevailing wage threshold amount for public projects and restores the prevailing wage for workers on those projects to 100% and Bill 231 removes language that prohibits contractors and subcontractors from entering into agreements with labor organizations while working on public projects. Do you think this will successfully help those working in construction unions reach economic recovery?


In May, the French Senate passed a bill requiring Notre Dame to be rebuilt to its “last known state.” Do you think this is the rightful decision for the historic landmark, or would a proposed innovative design have been more appropriate?


Recently, Colorado passed The Human Right to Work With Dignity Act (HB-1267) into law, which officially makes wage theft over $2,000 a felony theft. Do you think this legislation should be adopted in all U.S. states?


At the tail end of April, NYC passed a green roof bill, requiring all new commercial and residential buildings in the city to have 100% green roofs made up of plants, solar panels or small wind turbines—or a combination of all three. Do you think 100% coverage is an achievable goal?


At the end of April, President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced the agreement of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. However, no agreements were made on how the plan would be paid for. In anticipation of what ideas will be brought to the table in the next bipartisan meeting, how do you think Congress will decide to fund this proposal?


U.S. Rep. Llyod Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, introduced two bills last month that would create a new immigration visa system for construction and other non-farm work, as well as potentially provide more money for career training and apprenticeships. Regarding the proposal, do you think this solution will prove more useful in the current worker shortage or cause more problems in decreasing wages?


The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors. Do you think laws like these are justified?


A Bahamas developer recently filed suit against China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages and charges the firm with submitting fraudulent bills and collecting undeserved fees in regard to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort. Do you think the amount of damages the developer is claiming is accurate?


A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, eventually, helping the police. Would you invest in similar practices to protect your own equipment?


In late May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law HB 1279, a measure that makes it more difficult for homeowners' associations to file lawsuits against builders over construction defects. Do you think this measure was a good idea?


Colorado is revamping its construction defects law to give developers and homeowners a chance to work out problems outside of the courtroom. Is this a good idea?


After being found guilty in connection with the death of a 22-year-old worker on a New York City construction site, a general contractor was handed a sentence requiring it to fund and take part in a public service announcement regarding construction site safety. Was this sentence fair?


A pipeline company was recently indicted on criminal charges for knowingly discharging a pollutant into state waters and wildlife charges; one employee faces up to three years in prison if convicted. Are criminal charges appropriate in such a case?


A Virginia architect was recently sentenced to 33 months in prison for bribing officials to obtain inside information about contracts at a Veterans Affairs’ hospital. Does the punishment fit the crime?


Florida is weighing a seven-year statute of limitations on lawsuits over construction defects. What time limit should exist for filing suit over construction defects after a project is completed?


A proposed Iowa law would require companies planning mega-projects to obtain agreements with 75% of the affected property owners before seeking eminent-domain authority. Good law or bad law?


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


Private energy companies are invoking eminent domain authority to gain access to homeowner property, saying their pipeline surveys have a public function. What do you think?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


New York's 135-year-old Scaffold Safety Law holds employers and owners 100% liable in injury lawsuits if they fail to provide adequate equipment or training. A new bill would change the law to factor in the worker's responsibility. What do you think?


A Dutch architect is suing a former museum client, saying its expansion plans "mutilate" his design. Should architects retain legal rights over their design after the project is completed?


M/W/DBE fraud has been widely reported lately. What's the best way to address that problem?


The 112th Congress was one of the least productive in U.S. history. Who carries most of the blame for that?


A California judge has handed three former makers of lead-based paint their first big defeat and a $1.15 billion abatement tab. Good call or bad call?


Some parties involved in fatal structural collapses are facing criminal charges. Should such collapses be investigated as civil matters, criminal matters, or both?


A UK contractor will serve three years in prison for allowing an untrained employee to do work that cost him his life. What do you think of this sentence?


A French court has awarded damages to an architect whose museum design was altered by an addition decades later. What do you think of this?


 
 
   

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