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The Legislation would modernize bid solicitation requirements for improvements paid for by special assessment.
(Published Mar 11, 2013)
The Senate State and Local Government Committee passed legislation sponsored by the League that modernizes bid publication requirements in Minnesota law. The bill, SF 843 (Rep. Bev Scalze, DFL-Little Canada), was passed unanimously by the committee, and no one testified in opposition. The bill was sent to the Senate floor where it awaits action by the full Senate.
The bill creates a new definition of “recognized industry trade journal” that will allow cities to publish solicitations for bids on websites that are designed to serve contractors. Current law allows for web publication of certain bids, but the law related to special assessments has its own requirements that are in need of updating. The change only impacts construction projects funded by special assessment under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 429.
This issue was brought to the League’s attention by a number of cities this summer, and the LMC Improving Service Delivery Policy Committee adopted a policy calling on the Legislature to change the law. Construction bidding websites are widely used in the industry but do not meet the statutory requirements in current law, meaning that cities must publish bids in major newspapers in addition to using the industry standard websites. This duplicative publication creates an administrative burden, adds unnecessary costs, and does not result in lower bids.
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