State Senate passes revised bid-listing bill

Legislation that would alter the state’s bid-listing statute has been passed by the State Senate. The original version of the bill would have required a general contractor to list all specialty contractors at the time of bid. AGC strongly opposed that measure and was able to negotiate several improvements to the bill.

The new version, ESB 5457, requires the listing of the structural-steel installation and rebar-installation contractors. It allows two days to list these contractors. The bill also makes a small change with regard to the current listing requirement for mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors. Current law requires that these contractors be listed at time of bid “or within one hour;” this bill basically takes out the “or,” clarifying that the GC does indeed have the hour to list the mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors.

Also, the bill adds to the allowable reasons to substitute a listed specialty contractor the “refusal or inability to provide a letter of bondability from a surety company.”

Finally, the bill requires the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) to study the bid-listing statutes further, and to make recommendations to the Legislature.

ESB 5457 passed the Senate by a vote of 31-16 and now moves to the House for consideration.

For questions, contact AGC Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood, 360.352.5000.

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