Source: INDOT LPA Newsletter – November 2016
State Law Effective 1/1/2017
DIGEST OF SB 375 (Updated March 4, 2016) Prequalification for public works projects. Delays from June 30, 2016, to December 31, 2016, the date after which public works projects that are awarded must comply with the requirement that a contractor be qualified under IC 4-13.6-4 or IC 8-23-10 before doing any work on the project. Requires that a contractor working on a project that is a public work be qualified by the Indiana department of administration’s certification board (board). Requires that a contractor working on a project that is the construction, improvement, alteration, repair, or maintenance of a road, highway, street, or alley be qualified by the Indiana department of transportation. Exempts from the qualification requirement: (1) a materials supplier; and (2) a contractor doing any work on a public works project awarded by a local unit whenever: (A) the total amount of the contract awarded to the contractor for work on the public works project is less than $300,000; and (B) the public agency complies with IC 36-1-12 in awarding the contract for the project. Requires that a list of contractors holding a valid certificate of qualification under IC 4-13.6-4 or IC 8-23-10 be available for public inspection during regular office hours and on the Internet. Excludes from the authority of the a county, city, town, or township (unit) to establish wage rates in a contract to which the unit is a party a public works contract awarded by the unit unless federal or state law requires a wage scale or wage schedule.
LPA’s should consult their local counsel for interpretation of this new law.