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Addressing compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements (Keiser, Fortunato, Conway)

• Provides that apprenticeship utilization requirements apply to each and every contractor and subcontractor on a public works project and that labor hours are measured on a per contractor basis.
• Provides that noncompliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements is one of the violations that count toward debarring a contractor from bidding on public works.
• Provides that, for the purposes of meeting the responsible bidder criteria, the bidder must not have been found out of compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.
• Requires awarding agencies to monitor compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES 1ST SUBSTITUTE ON ORIGINAL BILL:
The substitute (1) requires public works contracts to contain apprenticeship utilization goals and to specify monetary incentives and disincentives for meeting or not meeting the goals. (2) Requires awarding agencies to monitor compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements and to report compliance to the Supervisor of Apprenticeship (Supervisor). (3) Requires the Supervisor to verify compliance with apprenticeship utilization requirements.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 2ND SUBSTITUTE (Ways & Means):
(1) Removes a provision requiring public works contracts to contain monetary incentives and disincentives tied to meeting apprenticeship utilization goals. (2) Requires awarding agencies to develop a compliance process similar to the three strike system developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation. (3) Adds not receiving a third strike under the compliance process developed under the bill to the responsible bidder criteria that bidders must meet in order to be awarded a public works contract. (4) Authorizes appropriations from the Public Works Administration Account for state agency costs for programs required by chapter 39.04 RCW.


EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 3RD SUBSTITUTE (Transportation)
(1) Adds a requirement for public works contracts to contain monetary incentives and disincentives for meeting and not meeting apprenticeship utilization goals, but allows DOT to continue using their existing process instead. (2) Removes requirement for awarding agencies to develop a compliance process similar to the three-strike system developed by DOT. (3) Removes a provision adding apprenticeship utilization to the responsible bidder criteria. (4) Removes appropriation authority from the Public Works Administration Account. (5) Adds an effective date of 2020

Hearing Date: Monday, February 19, 2018 -- 3:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5576&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)