Our advocacy efforts in 2016 have carried across geographical regions and have been moving quickly thus far in the legislative session. With legislation at every stage from a first committee to the Governor’s desk, DBIA’s legislative efforts this year have been engaged at the local, regional and national levels. Some of the notable bills are:
Kentucky: HB 309 was introduced with the support of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and passed the legislature by sizeable majorities. This bill provides a framework for the state to utilize public-private-partnerships for capital projects and services by state government. This bill was signed by Governor Matt Bevin on April 8.
Alabama: Four bills have been introduced that expand design-build authority. H 313 and S287 would authorize design-build for prison construction and H 216 and S 92 would authorize design-build for transportation projects. With no real design-build authorization in the state; passage of these bills would be historic. S 287, H 216 and S 92 have each passed out of their respective committees and are heading to the floors of their first chambers for a final vote.
Missouri: DBIA and its regional counterparts are working in support of a number of design-build bills currently moving through the Missouri Legislature. DBIA has introduced legislation in both the House and Senate to authorize design-build for localities. H 2376 and S789 have passed out of their respective committees and are awaiting final votes in their first chambers.
Virginia: HB 501 and SB 465 authorize the use of alternative technical concepts in design-build projects. SB 465 and HB 501 have been signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe and became a state statute on March 1, 2016.
New Mexico: HB 206 and SB 215 expand design-build authority to federal-aid highways on projects over $50 million. These bills are a significant expansion of design-build authority for New Mexico that currently has no design-build authority for transportation and bills were supported by DBIA. The bills were signed by Governor Susana Martinez on March 9 and have become law.
Mississippi: Mississippi has introduced a number of design-build related bills this session including a bill (H 506) to reauthorize the design-build authority for the state port authority at Gulfport. The current sunset on design-build authority expires July 1, 2016 and the bill would extend this sunset until 2019. DBIA strongly supports extending or eliminating the sunset. H 506 has passed both chambers and may now be sent to the Governor.
New Jersey: Introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, AB 1730 sets out procedures for the award of design-build contracts for contracting units in the state. DBIA testified in support of this bill and it passed out of committee on a 3-2 vote.
Nebraska: The Transportation Innovation Act, L 960 was introduced would increase funding for Nebraska transportation projects and authorize design-build, CMGC and P3s for transportation projects. DBIA testified in favor of the February 16th. The bill passed out of the Appropriations Committee on a 9-0 vote and is awaiting a final vote in the Senate.
Utah: HB 318 was introduced to eliminate the sunset on municipal transportation design-build projects. DBIA opposes sunset laws and supported this bill. The bill was enacted into law with the signature of Governor Gary Herbert on March 22.
California: A bill was introduced (AB 2a) extending the sunset on Transportation P3s (which sunsets this year) to 2030 and authorizes the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to use P3s.DBIA supports extending or eliminating the sunset. The bill has passed out of committee and awaits a floor vote.
Iowa: Legislation has been introduced that would force the Board of Regents (BOR) and the DOT to use the same procurements methods as all other state agencies; effectively stripping design-build authority from the BOR. Despite opposition from DBIA, MBI and several labor unions H 2390 passed the House and moved to the Senate. We successfully blocked the bill in committee and it is dead for the session.
Illinois: Two bills (H 5813 and S 2140) have been authorized which would authorize design-build and CMGC. DBIA supports these bills. Neither bill has had a public hearing yet.
Minnesota: Two bills were introduced which would require county consent on design-build projects.DBIA opposed these bills and they are dead for this year.
New Hampshire: SB 549 was introduced to authorize P3s on transportation projects. This legislation which is supported by DBIA has passed the Senate and has a hearing set up for April 5.
New York: Several design-build related bills have been introduced bills expanding design-build authority. The most notable bills were the Governor’s budget bills which would grant design-build authority for the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the New York Convention Center Development Corporation. DBIA strongly supports extending or eliminating design-build sunsets. These bills have both passed the Legislature and are awaiting the Governor’s signature.