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The bill will streamline publication requirements for special assessment projects.
(Published May 2, 2013)
League-sponsored legislation that will reduce duplicative publication requirements for soliciting bids has been passed by both the Senate and House. The bill, SF 843 (Sen. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada) / HF 1196 (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.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously on April 15th and passed the House on a vote of 99-22 on May 2nd. Because the House language is slightly different than the version passed by the Senate, the Senate must approve the House version before it is sent to Governor Dayton for signing. The bill should be signed into law next week, and will become effective on August 1, 2013.
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 The officials noted that the statute was outdated, and as a result, cities had to publish bid solicitations in newspapers from first class cities in addition to publishing them on websites commonly used in the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. Therefore SD-18 (page 11) was created in included in the 2013 City Policies [pdf].
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