The Arkansas Senate today unanimously passed S.B. 426, which codifies and strengthens a 2005 executive order issued by then-Gov. Mike Huckabee that bans project labor agreement (PLA) mandates on taxpayer-funded construction. In contrast to the partisanship in Washington, D.C., senators from both parties stood together to reject these handouts to Big Labor bosses.
The bill approved by the Senate would prohibit the state and local governments from requiring contractors to enter into a PLA in order to work on public construction projects. In addition, it would prohibit government entities from conditioning public financial incentives for construction on entering into PLAs with the construction labor unions.