Faso’s Scaffold Legislation Continues to Build Momentum

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Washington, January 26, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. -- Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) announced that the House Committee on the Judiciary will be considering his legislation – H.R. 3808, the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017 – during a full committee markup on Tuesday, January 30th. Logistical details for the hearing are below.

H.R. 3808 would allow any project financed with federal taxpayer dollars to utilize the same liability standard as every other state. Currently, New York state is the only state in the country to apply absolute liability to construction companies and contractors in the event of a gravity-related accident.

“New York’s Scaffold Law is a regulation for the sake of regulation,” said Faso. “It provides no measurable safety improvements and costs our state dearly. By passing this legislation, every dollar of federal funding going towards repairing roads, bridges, airports, and building affordable housing will go further. With infrastructure investment upcoming, there is no time like now to fix this burdensome regulation.”

A wide range of organizations have publicly supported H.R. 3808, including…

  • Habitat for Humanity of New York State (Link)
  • Associated General Contractors of New York (Link)
  • New York State Association for Affordable Housing (Link)
  • New York State Conference of Mayors (Link)
  • Partnership for New York City (Link)

An additional letter of support from the Scaffold Law Reform Coalition can be found here.

Another letter of support with signatories representing a wide-range of organizations from the contracting, insurance, and real estate sectors can be found here.

Hearing Details

H.R. 3808 Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017
Full House Judiciary Committee Markup
Tuesday January 30th – 11:00 AM
A stream will be made available closer to event


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