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newsandviews 2014 General Assembly Concludes End of Session Signals Start of Campaigns By P.J. Cimini Capitol Strategies Group, LLC On Wednesday May 7, the General Assembly concluded the 13-week 2014 session with momentum, passing more bills on the final day - most in the final hours - than it had the entire session. CCIA followed and actively lobbied for and against many issues while other important measures will continue to require our attention going forward. This summer, various groups will work to map out the implementation of the passed bills and explore future legislation. Plus this summer, we can look forward to many elected officials in our districts campaigning and meeting voters as all State Senators and State Representatives are up for election this fall. Also on the fall ballots will be the Governor and all State Constitutional Officers; comprised of the state Attorney General, Secretary of the State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. Explained below are a few of the many issues that confronted the construction industry in Connecticut during the 2014 session: State of Connecticut v. Lombardo Brothers (HB 5570) An Act Concerning the Applicability of the Statue of Limitations to Construction and Design Actions Brought by the State or a Political Subdivision of the State: Attempting to fix the nullum tempus issue previously created, the Judiciary Committee unanimously voted out favorably a measure to establish a statute of limitation for contractors and designers on state work. Unfortunately, the legislation was not taken up by the House and it died on the legislative calendar. CCIA worked closely with many other impacted professions to settle this issue and a discussion on a solution centered on a potential 10 year statute of limitations. While the ultimate outcome was not reached, many legislators have expressed their intent to revisit the matter next year. Construction Bidding Transparency (HB 5311-Special Act No. 14-18) An Act Establishing the Construction Contracting and Bidding Transparency Working Group: Efforts to change the statues concerning bidding processes and transparency of construction bids became a very contentious issue this session. After much deliberation and input from CCIA, the State Department of Administrative Services, labor unions and other interested parties, the legislation established an interim Working Group. The group will include a number of CCIA members and other construction industry officials responsible to study state construction contracting and subcontracting processes and report back to State Legislators for action next session. Occupational Licensing Compliance (SB 412) An Act Concerning the Enforcement of Certain Occupational Licensing Statues: Cease work orders and civil penalties were avoided after much deliberation and the State Legislature passed SB 412. The bill will require the Commissioner of Consumer Protection to report annually to the General Law Committee regarding complaints received in the previous calendar year on the work or practice of people licensed, registered, or certified by certain DCP boards or commissions. The report will include the number of complaints and the resolution of each complaint. DAS On-Call Work (HB 5312-P.A. No. 14-188) An Act Concerning State Contracting, Government administration and notification regarding extensions of polling place hours: CCIA worked closely with the DAS on their legislation to enter into "on-call" contracts for certain limited construction work less than $1.5 million and a procedure for selecting contractors for this work. HB 5312 passed and requires DAS to post an explanation for why a contract was extended without competitive bidding and will allow the Commissioner to select from a list of prequalified contractors. The qualification list will be based on skill, ability, integrity, past performance, financial responsibility and experience with similar projects as well as the ability to obtain bonding. There may also be a separate list established of small and minority business contractors for projects under $500,000. CONNstruction / SUMMER 2014 / 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2014

Standardizing OQ
Measuring Mud on Construction Sites
2014 General Assembly Concludes
Transition to Natural Gas Holds Promise of Construction Jobs
CEFIA: Banking on Energy
The Public Policy Behind Energy in Connecticut
Call Before You Dig
The 2014 AGC/CT Build CT Awards and 67th Annual Meeting
The Second Annual Construction Industry Joint Forces Luncheon
Travelers Congratulates CCIA for 15 Years of Insurance Excellence
Agc of Connecticut Honored Nationally
CCIA | AGC of CT Young Contractors Forum - Membership Meeting
Index to Advertisers /

CONNstruction - Summer 2014