On May 25, Gov. Sam Brownback signed H.B. 2157, which bans government-mandated project labor agreements (PLAs) on state and local construction projects in Kansas.
Enactment of this law brings the number of states that have banned PLA mandates on state-funded projects to 14 and makes Kansas the 10th state to do so since January 2011.
Hundreds of state legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, have voted to ban PLA mandates on taxpayer funded construction within their states because they understand that taxpayers deserve the best construction at the best price on public projects.
These laws ensure that taxpayers get maximum value on public projects and guarantee that the 86 percent of the American construction workforce that chooses not to join a labor organization has the opportunity to compete for projects funded by their own tax dollars.