Bad Anti-PLA Bill Defeated in Committee

April 12, 2012 - A bill that would have overturned the protections created last year for local governments to remain free to choose to enter PLAs for public works construction projects, was killed in a legislative committee this week, after strong opposition by Building Trades legislative advocates.

AB 1804 by Assembly Member David Valadao, R-Hanford, would have overturned SB 922, the Building Trades’ sponsored bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year, which overturned local bans on PLAs for counties and general law cities, and removed state funding for construction projects for charter cities that have blanket prohibitions against PLAs.

The bill was defeated in the Assembly Local Government Committee on a party-line vote, with majority Democrats opposed and Republicans in support.

“Once again, we successfully argued that PLAs can be an effective tool for local officials to use to maximize efficiency and quality of work, and provide local community benefits.  Current and future local officials should not be prohibited from even considering them,” said SBCTC legislative advocate Jeremy Smith.


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