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Budget Trailer Bill 502 would expand DIR fines and agency notice requirements

Posted in Legislation, Prevailing Wages, Public Works Funding
On March 17, 2017, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) submitted Budget Trailer Bill 502. Budget Trailer Bill 502 would provide changes to the existing contractor registration requirements, as well as changes to the requirement for agencies to provide the DIR with notice of pending public works projects, as initially required by SB 854. SB… Continue Reading

New bill would expand design-build authority for local agencies

Posted in Design-Build, Legislation
A new bill, AB 851, was introduced in the California legislature on February 16 that would expand the scope of the design-build authority currently available to local agencies. ┬áIf adopted, AB 851 would amend Public Contract Code sections 22161 to expand the definition of special districts that can utilize the design-build authority under Public Contract… Continue Reading

New public works requirements for contractors and public agencies pursuant to SB 854

Posted in Certified Payroll Records, Legislation, Prevailing Wages, Uncategorized
On June 20, 2014, the California legislature adopted SB 854, a “budget bill” that was heavily negotiated and tied to the approval of the state budget. Included among a variety of unrelated provisions in the lengthy bill were a number of additions and changes to the California Labor Code which will revamp the monitoring of… Continue Reading

Demise of the “de minimis” exception to prevailing wage requirements?

Posted in Legislation, Prevailing Wages
The legislature is considering adopting a statute that would require workers on private projects to be paid prevailing wage if public subsidies exceed the lesser of $10,000 or 1% of the project cost.  This would effectively eliminate the de minimis exception and likely change the landscape for public subsidies on private projects.… Continue Reading

A Renaissance for Rail? President Obama Releases a New Plan for High-Speed Rail

Posted in Legislation, Transportation
     On April 16, 2009, President Obama unveiled his new High-Speed Rail Strategic Plan.  Until this year, rail transportation has received less than three percent of all federal investment in intercity transportation infrastructure and the Northeast has the nation’s only high-speed rail corridor. In contrast, throughout the 20th century the United States has invested $1.8 trillion… Continue Reading

Federal Stimulus Bill Means Increased Infrastructure Spending Coming to the Bay Area

Posted in Legislation, Public Works Funding
While the recession has led to a drastic slowdown in the construction industry, the horizon looks brighter as the Bay Area preps for a welcome infusion of cash from the federal government. The money comes from the federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. During his campaign President Obama emphasized the… Continue Reading

2007 Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry

Posted in Architects, Green Building, Legislation
New laws concerning the construction industry will go into effect in 2007, some of which are previewed below. These laws encompass a wide variety of issues including indemnification of design professionals, the ability of architects to practice as limited liability partnerships, “green” building construction, expansion of design-build procurement, revocation and suspension of contractors’ licenses, execution of… Continue Reading