Governor Matt Blunt holds a bill signing ceremony to put his signature on a bill he’s already signed into law. It’s SB 339 – the Fairness in Public Construction Act – which would prevent public bodies from requiring bidders for projects funded primarily through state dollars be linked to organized labor – and it would prevent those same bodies from rejecting bidders that are linked to unions.
The Governor says he held a public ceremony to hammer home the benefits of management and labor, as well as Republicans and Democrats, working together.
The legislation also increases penalties for employers found not in compliance with the prevailing wage. The fine rises from $10 per day per employee to $100 per day per employee. The legislation, which was signed on March 22nd, goes into effect on August 28th.