Newsom Vetoes Bill to Limit Aggregate Resources

Oct. 6, 2023 – According to the California Construction Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association (CalCIMA), Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed AB 1631 (Shiavo), a bill that sought to inhibit the ability to permit a specific facility in a state-designated aggregate resource area, as approved under the state’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA). It has 57 million tons of aggregate in a resource-short…

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NSSGA Lauds Fiscal Responsibility Act

May 30, 2023 – President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy struck a preliminary agreement on the debt ceiling over the weekend, dubbed the “Fiscal Responsibility Act,” which suspends the debt limit until 2025 and limits discretionary spending for the next two years. The bipartisan deal includes modest federal spending cuts and a series of policy provisions. National Stone, Sand & Gravel…

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California Legislature Passes Carbon Reduction Bill

Sept. 8, 2022 – According to the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) as the California legislature concluded its 2021-22 session, it passed AB 2446, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a bill to require carbon reductions in construction materials used in buildings and homes. AB 2446 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring…

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Senate Passes Water Resources Development Act

The U.S. Senate passed the 2022 Water Resources Development Act – a bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes – by a 93-1 vote. The lone nay was Sen. Michael Braun (R-Ind.). The House and Senate must now reconcile the…

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Illinois Picks a State Rock

June 10, 2022 – It only took 400 million years, but dolostone has been named Illinois’ official state rock. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the declaration into law earlier this week, crediting a group of suburban Chicago elementary and middle school students for pushing the legislation through Springfield, according to WTTW. “You couldn’t have picked a rock that better represents Illinois,” Pritzker said.…

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