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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2019 01:37 PM
From: Senator Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Reintroduction: Study of Pennsylvania Construction Laws
I plan to re-introduce Senate Resolution 62 from last Session calling for the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of the costs and efficiencies resulting from the requirements of Pennsylvania’s public construction laws. Previous cosponsors were Eichelberger, Bartolotta, and White.

Modeled after an Ohio study that resulted in improved flexibility, accountability, transparency, and efficiency of public construction initiatives in that state’s procurement laws, my resolution proposes to establish a balanced public/private Advisory Committee comprised of merit shop and union contractors, construction law attorneys, design industry representatives, public sector representatives, and private sector owners.

This to-be-created Advisory Committee would be charged with reviewing twenty Pennsylvania construction projects:
  • 10 privately bid and awarded;
  • Five bid and awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, and;
  • Five bid and awarded by school districts
The Advisory Committee, working with the Joint State Government Committee, would be charged with comparing:

  • Estimated original costs;
  • Bid costs;
  • Actual costs;
  • Number and amount of change orders, and;
  • Estimated completion and actual completion dates
Changing Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code is always a challenging undertaking and I believe this study would help to provide important data to critically analyze potential changes.

Introduced as SR139