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          Bill No:  AB 2184
          Author:   Arambula (D)
          Amended:  4/22/10 in Assembly
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE  :  4-0, 6/16/10
          AYES:  Aanestad, Kehoe, DeSaulnier, Price
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Cox

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  76-0, 5/13/10 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Public contracts:  local agency:  alternative  
          bidding 
                      procedures:  notice

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill 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.   
          This bill 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.

           ANALYSIS  :    The Public Contract Code spells out the  
          procedures that local officials follow when they build  
          public works projects, including limits on the contracts'  
          values.

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          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.

          This bill 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.  This  
          bill 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.

           Comments
           
          Recognizing the widespread use of fax machines and email,  
          this bill 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.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  No    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  6/16/10)

          Air Conditioning Sheet Metal Association







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          Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Contractors Association
          California Chapters of the National Electrical Contractors  
          Association
          California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing
          California Special Districts Association
          Construction Industry Force Account Council
          Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
          Heating and Piping Industry


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall,  
            Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Block,  
            Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De  
            La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer,  
            Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi,  
            Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight,  
            Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Miller,  
            Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V.  
            Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva,  
            Smyth, Solorio, Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson,  
            Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines, Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Caballero, Hagman, Skinner, Vacancy


          AGB:do  6/16/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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