Legislation to reauthorize and revise the State’s alternative public works contracting procedures has been passed by both the House and Senate and awaits the Governor’s signature, which is expected.
The bill (ESHB 1466) is necessary as the law authorizing the use of GCCM, Design-Build (DB) and Job Order Contracting (JOC) on certain public projects is set to sunset at the end of June, 2013. This bill reauthorizes the statute for eight more years while making a few tweaks.
Even though the bill had broad support in the Legislature, industry groups had to work hard to ensure that the popular measure did not become a vehicle for amendments that would have endangered its path to enactment. The bill ultimately passed without controversial changes.
The bill was endorsed unanimously by members of the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB), the body that advises the State on alternative public contracting issues. CPARB had been working on the legislation for months. Its Reauthorization Task Force gathered input and made recommendations on any changes. All of the changes included in ESHB 1466 were unanimously approved by CPARB.
- Allows certified public bodies to use GCCM on any size project without going to CPARB’s Project Review Committee (PRC) for approval, and DB on no more than five projects between $2 million and $10 million during the certification period.
- Changes the number of DB projects between $2 million and $10 million that the PRC may approve from 10 to 15 projects, and requires the PRC to report annually to CPARB on these projects and recommendations for further use.
- Increases the maximum total dollar amount that may be awarded through JOCs in counties with a population of more than 1 million to $6 million.