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, as of May 16, 2016, are:
California: Two bills have been introduced to address the transportation P3 law which sunsets this year. A 2a which would eliminate the sunset and (A 2742) would extend the sunset to 2030. Both bills would also authorize the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority to use P3s. DBIA supports extending or eliminating the sunset. Legislation (S 957) to extend design-build to all health care districts has been introduced in the Senate. The A 2a has passed out of committee and awaits a floor vote. No change since last report. A 2742 passed out of the Transportation Committee on a 13-1 vote and went to the Appropriations Committee. No change since last report. S 957 passed the Senate 38-0 and moves to the Assembly.
Colorado: SB 210 would prohibit the DOT from penalizing a contractor for the lack of experience in completing projects awarded on a design-build basis, if they satisfied the level of prequalification on DOT projects of $75 million or less. The bill passed the Senate and is in the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee where it was postponed indefinitely on a 5-4 vote.
Hawaii: HB 2544 was originally proposed language to align the state’s procurement code with federal statutory procurement requirements and federal administrative procurement requirements. However, the bill was amended March 17 to direct the State Procurement Office, the Department of Accounting and General Services, to instead conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Hawaii public procurement code the awarding of construction contracts. The bill passed the House and the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is in a conference committee to work out the difference between the two versions of the bill.
Illinois: Three bills (H 5813, S 3020 and S 2140) have been introduced which would authorize design-build and CMGC. DBIA supports these bills. S 3020 passed the Senate and moved to the House.
Louisiana: Legislation was introduced authorizing the DOT to use P3s. S 195 has passed the Senate and received its third reading and is awaiting a final vote in the House.
Massachusetts: Legislation (S 1722) has been introduced expanding the use of P3s. The bill has passed out of its first committee and moved to the Senate Ways and means Committee.
Missouri: DBIA’s bill (H 2376) that we have been working on for three years has passed through the legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature. The legislation authorizes design-build for localities. The bill enables any local political subdivision to use design-build project delivery at their discretion, and ensures that community development block grants are properly allocated to water and wastewater projects that are delivered using design-build. The bill awaits the Governor’s signature.
Minnesota: HB 3692; the House bonding bill includes provisions for $700 million for design-build projects. Bill has been introduced and referred to the House Capital Investment Committee.
New Hampshire: Legislation was introduced to authorize P3s on transportation projects. S 549, which is supported by DBIA, has passed the Senate and House, and is now eligible to be sent to the desk of 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. No change from last week.
Ohio: H 180 and S 152 would prohibit a public authority from requiring a contractor to employ a certain percentage of individuals from the geographic area of the public authority for the design or construction of a project. The bill has passed the House and Senate and moves to Governor Kasich’s desk.
Washington: During a special session, all bills are automatically re-introduced. One bill that we are tracking is H1218 a bill that authorizes P3s for transportation and design-build on projects under $10 million (currently allowed under a pilot program). The bill passed out of the House Transportation Committee.