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Multiple Government Affairs updates posted

Monday, May 15, 2017  
 

Indiana Increases Bond Threshold for State Educational Institutions

Indiana HB 1117 provides that contractors will not have to furnish a performance bond or a payment bond on public works contracts under $500,000 with a state educational institution if the institution agrees to waive the bond requirement.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.

 

North Carolina Bills for Alternative School Construction Delivery Methods Starting to Move

North Carolina HB 600/SB 511 would allow local school boards enter into lease agreements with private developers for the construction of facilities.  The developer would be permitted to use both traditional procurement methods and alternative project delivery methods.  The bill provides that performance and payment bonds would be required.  In previous sessions, SFAA addressed school construction bills that contained discretionary bonding provisions.  This year, the bills were introduced with bonding requirements based on our past work in promoting bonds.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.

 

Oklahoma P3 Bills to Create “Centers of Excellence” Moving

In Oklahoma, two bills are moving that would establish a state level and a local level P3 agency.  SB 430 would create the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) and a Partnership Committee for state P3 projects and HB 1534 would authorize local governments to form a Local Partnership Committee for local P3 projects.  These entities would be charged with reviewing proposals for public projects to determine if a P3 would be the best method for delivering the project.  Both bills provide that the requirements for the P3 must be in the P3 agreement, and the OP3 will develop the requirements.  Both bills specify that the agreement could include requirements for performance and payment bonds for all construction activities.  Bonds or other security also could be required for the other portions of the project.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.

 

SFAA Fighting Bills that Reduce Consumer Protections in Motor Vehicle Dealer Bonds

In Oklahoma, two bills are moving that would establish a state level and a local level P3 agency.  SB 430 would create the Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3) and a Partnership Committee for state P3 projects and HB 1534 would authorize local governments to form a Local Partnership Committee for local P3 projects.  These entities would be charged with reviewing proposals for public projects to determine if a P3 would be the best method for delivering the project.  Both bills provide that the requirements for the P3 must be in the P3 agreement, and the OP3 will develop the requirements.  Both bills specify that the agreement could include requirements for performance and payment bonds for all construction activities.  Bonds or other security also could be required for the other portions of the project.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.

 

SFAA and AIA Addressing Oregon Bill Permitting Toll Projects for Port Authority

Oregon HB 2750, which would allow the Port of Hood River to conduct tollway projects within its district. The bill would allow private entities to own and operate the tollway in an agreement with the port. Except for the prevailing wage laws, the bill would exempt these projects from the existing public procurement laws for construction contracts so that the Little Miller Act would not apply. SFAA is seeking amendments to require bonding for these projects.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.

 

Louisiana P3 Bill for Regional Transportation Projects Moving with Bonding Provisions

Louisiana HB 379 would authorize the Regional Transit Authority (regional authority) to enter into contracts for public private partnerships (P3) for a transportation facility project.  These projects would be subject to the Department of Transportation's existing bonding requirements.  The bond provision is identical to a provision SFAA and AIA obtained in a new P3 law last year.

Members should visit Government Relations / General Info (Members) for more information.




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