Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-991

Title:

AN ACT MAKING REVISIONS TO STATUTES CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES.

Vote Date:

3/24/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/13/2017

File No.:

620

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The bill makes conforming and technical changes to the statues that will enable the Department of Administrative Services to function in a more timely, cost effective and efficient manner.

**Substitute Language:

Section 1 lines J-J2 added and kept “in consultation with the Judicial Department”

Section 2, line 51 on Land Conveyance added DAS shall consider offering the property to a butting landowner before offering the property for sale

Changed section 5 to include section 4 and changed $100,000 to $50,000 and expanded the definition to plumbing**

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Department of Administrative Services, Commissioner Melody A. Currey: The bill requires DAS to offer surplus state property to abutting landowners before offering if for general sale, expands the types of state owned vehicles exempt from fuel efficiency requirements to include all emergency vehicles and for design –bid-build contracts increases, from$25,000 to $50,000 the threshold at which the contractor must include a separate section for specific sub-classes at work. In addition, the bill requires the State Marshall Commission to consult with the Judicial Department when adopting rules for the conduct of the commission's internal affairs. The rules must provide for timely, consistent and reliable access to a state marshal for people applying for certain restraining orders. Finally, the bill makes technical changes upon passage with the exception of the State Marshall Commission provision which is effective July 1, 2017 and the contracting provision is effective October 1, 2017.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

The Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, Inc,(AGCCT), John Butts, Executive Director: AGC supports Sec 5 of SB 991. It replaces Sec 4b-091of the Connecticut General Statutes, the term “mechanical work other than heating, ventilating and air conditioning work” with “plumbing”. Secondly in Sec 5 it increases the threshold for requiring contractors to include a separate section for each of the listed sub-trade classes of work from $25,000 to $100,000. Changing the term in statute “mechanical work other than heating ventilating and air conditioning work” with” plumbing” is necessary to maintain consistency with industry standards and is an update to current state procurement statutes. AGCCT supports increasing the threshold for sub-trade classes of work from $25,000 to $100,000. The proposed $100,000 threshold would encompass most projects meant for the design-bid-build form of delivery and would allow the department to use simpler forms of delivery for smaller projects that may not require the amount of detail usually reserved for design-bid-build.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed.

Reported by: Maureen O'Reilly

Date: April 18, 2017