A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT AUTHORIZING PUBLIC CONTRACTS TO UTILIZE THE DESIGN BUILD METHOD OR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS.
Amends GS 143-64.31, expanding the types of services intended to be contracted out, as a matter of state public policy, to now also include design-build services and public-private partnership construction services. Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 143-64.32, deleting subsection (b).
Amends GS 143-128(a1), adding subsections (6) and (7) expanding the list of authorized construction methods for which the state, a county, a municipality, or other public body must award contracts to erect, construct, or repair buildings to include design-build contracts and public-private partnerships construction contracts.
Enacts GS 143-128.1A authorizing design-build contracts, enumerating criteria for determining an appropriate design-build method, and requiring public notice of information about a government project for the purpose of fair and open competition. Sets out further design-build reqirements.
Enacts GS 143-128.1B regulating contracts for capital improvement projects undertaken by a government entity and a private developer. The contract may provide that the private developer must be responsible for (1) construction of the entire public-private project, (2) reconstruction or repair of the public-private project or any part thereof subsequent to construction, (3) construction of any addition to the project, (4) renovation of the project, and (5) purchase of equipment for the project. A private developer and its contractors are required to make a good faith effort to recruit and select minority businesses for participation in contracts. Specifies bonding requirements. A cause of action exists for any claimant who performed work under a contract, has not been paid for that work, and 90 days has expired since the last performance of labor. Any person entitled to bring an action or any defendant in an action on a payment bond shall have the right to require the governmental entity or the private developer to certify a copy of the payment bond, development contract, and construction contracts covered by the bond. The prevailing party to a suit brought under the provisions of this subsection may be granted attorneys' fees. Sets out further requirements for programming requirements and for selecting developers.
Effective when the act becomes law and expires July 1, 2019.
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