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The legislation updates existing law allowing certain bids to be published online.
(Published May 13, 2013)
Gov. Dayton on May 8 signed into law a League-sponsored bill that will reduce duplicative publication requirements for soliciting bids. The bill, SF 843/HF 1196 (Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada, and Rep. Mike Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park), modernizes the definition of “recognized industry trade journal” to allow cities to publish bids for projects funded by special assessment on construction bidding websites.
A number of city public works officials brought this issue to the attention of the League during the 2012 policy committee process. The officials noted that the statute was outdated and, as a result, cities had to publish bid solicitations in newspapers from first class cities in addition to publishing them on websites commonly used in the construction industry. This increased publication costs without increasing the number or quality of responsive bids.
The bill also directs the non-partisan Office of the Revisor of Statutes to review all statutes that impose publication requirements on municipalities to identify any similar discrepancies in Minnesota law. The Revisor must report its findings to the Legislature by Jan. 15, 2014. If the Revisor identifies potential statutory changes, the League will work with legislators on legislation during the 2014 legislative session.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously on April 15, and passed the House on a vote of 99-22 on May 2. The law, Chapter 46, becomes effective on Aug. 1, 2013, and cities will be able to take advantage of the change after that date.
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