BILL ANALYSIS SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE Senator Dave Cox, Chair BILL NO: AB 2184 HEARING: 6/16/10 AUTHOR: Arambula FISCAL: No VERSION: 4/22/10 CONSULTANT: Detwiler CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BIDS Background and Existing Law The Public Contract Code spells out the procedures that local officials follow when they build public works projects, including limits on the contracts' values. When counties, cities, special districts, redevelopment agencies, school districts, and community college districts voluntarily adopt the standards and procedures of the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act, they can use higher limits for their contracts. Projects that cost more than $125,000 require formal bids. About 700 local agencies participate. The Act requires local officials to invite formal bids by publishing notices in general circulation newspapers or by posting notices. They must also mail the notices to all of the construction trade journals that serve their county at least 30 days before the date set for opening the sealed bids. Technology has changed since the Legislature adopted the Act in 1983. Most local agencies and trade journals now have fax machines and use email. Local officials and construction firms want legislators to recognize these new communications technologies. Proposed Law Assembly Bill 2184 requires local agencies that use the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act to send the notices inviting formal bids to construction trade journals also by either facsimile or electronic mail, if available. AB 2184 reduces the time period for sending the formal bid invitation notices from 30 days to 15 days before the date set for opening the sealed bids. AB 2184 -- 4/22/10 -- Page 2 Comment Changing times . Recognizing the widespread use of fax machines and email, AB 2184 adapts the notice procedures of the Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act to improvements in communications technologies. The bill doesn't change the requirement to mail notices, it adds faxes and emails, when available. Assembly Actions Assembly Local Government Committee: 9-0 Assembly Floor: 76-0 Support and Opposition (6/10/10) Support : Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors Association, Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Association, California Chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association, California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing, Heating and Piping Industry, Construction Industry Force Account Council, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District. Opposition : Unknown.