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New Bill Enforces Safety Regulations

A new Senate-House bill, SB 1138, which requires Occupational Safety and Health Administration training for employees on public works projects, will take effect August 28, 2009. The new bill requires that “any person signing a contract to work on the construction of public works for any public body shall provide a 10-hour OSHA construction safety program for their on-site employees.”

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Law Allows More Companies to Qualify for State Program

In mid-May, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) signed a bill that raises the average annual gross sales a business can have in its three most recent fiscal years to qualify for the state’s Small Business Reserve Program, allowing more companies to qualify for the program, according to Gazette.Net. In a report, Michael Rubenstein, analyst with the state Department of Legislative Services,

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Frederick County Developers Strive for LEED Points

Although Frederick County, Md., has only one official green building, at least eight others are seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. If all are approved, the county could see more than 850,000 square feet of green buildings during the next few years, according to Gazette.Net. Although green building construction can be more expensive, the U.S. Green Building Council,

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Downtown Baltimore Experiences Construction Boom

Almost $550 million in construction projects was finished in downtown Baltimore during the first four months of the year, according to The Baltimore Sun. This is more than twice the value of projects finished during all of 2007. In addition, a report from Downtown Partnership of Baltimore—a group that runs downtown programs and acts as an advocate for the area—says about

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