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LEGISLATURE

SCHOOL
FACILITIES
UPDATE -

New "Public
Works" Contractor
Reporting
Requirements

BY SUSAN STUART, PARTNER, CAPITOL ADVISORS GROUP

fter several years of advocacy by the Small School
Districts'
Association
(SSDA), the Legislature and
Administration agreed to a
deal that would relax
the onerous contractor registration
requirements for public works projects,
in exchange for changes to the penalties
for non-compliance. The new provisions
are described in detail below, but here are
the major changes:
* Reporting limits increased from $1,000
to $25,000 for new construction,
alteration, demolition, installation, or
repair work.
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* Reporting limits increased from $1,000
to $15,000 for maintenance projects.
* New penalties established for noncompliance by contractors and
awarding bodies.
BACKGROUND ON PUBLIC
WORKS ENFORCEMENT

In 2014, the Legislature quietly amended
a Budget Bill to expand the state's labor
compliance requirements for public agencies (Senate Bill 854, Chapter 28, Statutes
of 2014). The amendment occurred so late
in the budgeting process that no public
hearing was held to debate the merits of
this policy change. Under this new law,

all contractors were required to annually register with, and pay a fee to, the
Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)
prior to engaging on any public works
project of $1,000 or more. These contractors were also required to submit certified
payroll records to DIR.
Although school districts-particularly small rural districts-protested this
action, they faced political hurdles due
to resistance from the State Building and
Construction Trades Council of California,
which represents labor organizations.
SSDA was relentless in its efforts with
the Legislature, state agencies, and the
Administration. This year, as DIR was



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017

Executive Director’s Column
Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
Pipeline 2 Success!
Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
Growing the Future in Winters
Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
Advertiser’s Index
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - intro
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - belly1
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - belly2
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover1
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - cover2
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 3
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 4
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 5
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Executive Director’s Column
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Classroom of the Future Honors Small School District Superintendent for Innovation in Education
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Pipeline 2 Success!
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Mandatory Orientation— What Does This Mean for Districts?
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 10
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 11
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Growing the Future in Winters
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 13
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 14
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 15
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Key Child Nutrition Legislation on Governor’s Desk
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 17
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - The Future of Energy Efficiency in Schools
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - 19
SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - School Facilities Update – New “Public Works” Contractor Reporting Requirements
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SSDA Today - Fall/Winter 2017 - Advertiser’s Index
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