2019 State Legislative Session Pass Two Bills Affecting Colorado Contractors

12-Jun-2019 to 18-Jun-2019

The 2019 State Legislative Session is officially in the books. In addition to bills which may impact individuals and businesses, there were two bills that w ill affect the Colorado contracting community going forward. 

SB19-135 w ill fund a Disparity Study of the State's procurement process to determine whether disparities exist between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system for goods and services including construction and A&E. Although other studies establishing discrimination in procurement for certain industries or in certain localities have been conducted in the past, this is the first time a comprehensive analysis of state contracts has been commissioned. The Colorado State Purchasing and Contracts Office w ill be taking the lead on the solicitation for the study. The final report is required to be submitted by December 1, 2020. 

SB19-196 adds requirements for apprenticeship programs for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contracts on State public projects. CDOT is exempt from this requirement but w ill continue to implement On-the-Job Training (OJT) requirements on construction projects with Federal funding. This bill also requires all State-funded public projects including State buildings and highway/bridge construction, be subject to the prevailing w age for all crafts, effective July 1, 2021. That means both Federal and State funded CDOT construction projects advertised after that date w ill be subject to the regulations outlined in the Federal Davis-Bacon Act. Stay tuned for more information about how this w ill impact contracting w ith CDOT and local agencies within the next year.