Bill to Require Pre-Qualifications on School Construction Projects Passes Senate

August 28, 2012  - AB 1565 Co-Sponsored by Labor and Management -  A bill to increase the quality of public school construction by requiring the pre-qualification of certain contractors on school construction projects was approved today by the State Senate on a 25-10 vote.

The bill is a joint labor-management measure, co-sponsored by the Building Trades, the California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the California Legislative Conference of the Plumbing, Heating and Piping Industry. It addresses problems of unscrupulous, unqualified contractors making low-ball bids but failing to perform adequate work.

AB 1565 ensures that school districts use the lowest competitive bid under a pre-qualification process tailored to ensure on-time, on-budget, and high-quality projects while mitigating other risks. It applies to projects costing $1 million and above that use any money from state bonds. 

The measure now returns to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate amendments, before reaching the Governor’s desk.

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