Category Archives: Legislative News

IAAP Bill to extend mining equipment sales tax Exemption passes

An IAAP legislative initiative to extend the sales tax exemption on mining equipment, HB 4415 overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate and will now be sent to Governor Rauner to be signed into law. The exemption is currently scheduled to sunset in August of this year. The legislation will extend the exemption for five years.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Rule to Update Payment Of Medical Benefits Under Black Lung Benefits Act

Changes Will Make Payment Methodology Consistent With Industry Standards WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) has published a final rule under the Black Lung Benefits Act conforming the Department’s payment of medical benefits for disabled coal miners to industry standards and streamlining bill-processing procedures.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration Announces $10.5 Million in State Grant Funding

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced the availability of $10,537,000 in state grant funding to provide federally mandated training and retraining of miners and mine operators working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines.

ADM Promotes Manufacturing Industry to Congressman During ‘I Make America’ Event

Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc. talked with its U.S. House representative about issues important to the manufacturing industry during an “I Make America” event. Rep. Jim Banks toured ADM’s Huntertown, Indiana facility May 2, answering questions from workers and sitting down for a one-on-one conversation with company president Mike Devine.

Pavement Coatings Technology Council Launches “Be Informed. Seal Success.” Education Campaign

Pavement Coatings Technology Council (PCTC), an organization which provides opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement and improvement of all aspects of the pavement coating industry, has launched its new “Be Informed. Seal Success.” educational campaign.