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Florida Senate - 2008 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT

Bill No. SB 2148

801590

CHAMBER ACTION

Senate

Comm: RS

4/17/2008

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House



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The Committee on Community Affairs (Haridopolos) recommended the

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following amendment:

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     Senate Amendment (with title amendment)

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     Delete everything after the enacting clause

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and insert:

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     Section 1.  Subsection (1) of section 255.20, Florida

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Statutes, is amended, and subsection (5) is added to that

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section, to read:

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     255.20  Local bids and contracts for public construction

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works; specification of state-produced lumber.--

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     (1)  A county, municipality, special district as defined in

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chapter 189, or other political subdivision of the state seeking

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to construct, or improve, or repair a public building, structure,

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or other public construction works must competitively award to an

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appropriately licensed contractor each project that is estimated

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in accordance with generally accepted cost-accounting principles

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to have a cost total construction project costs of more than

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$200,000. For electrical work, local government must

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competitively award to an appropriately licensed contractor each

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project that is estimated in accordance with generally accepted

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cost-accounting principles to have a cost of more than $50,000.

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As used in this section, the term "competitively award" means to

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award contracts based on the submission of sealed bids, proposals

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submitted in response to a request for proposal, proposals

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submitted in response to a request for qualifications, or

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proposals submitted for competitive negotiation. This subsection

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expressly allows contracts for construction management services,

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design/build contracts, continuation contracts based on unit

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prices, and any other contract arrangement with a private sector

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contractor permitted by any applicable municipal or county

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ordinance, by district resolution, or by state law. For purposes

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of this section, construction costs include the cost of all

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labor, except inmate labor, and include the cost of equipment and

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materials to be used in the construction of the project. Subject

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to the provisions of subsection (3), the county, municipality,

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special district, or other political subdivision may establish,

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by municipal or county ordinance or special district resolution,

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procedures for conducting the bidding process.

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     (a)  Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a

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county, municipality, special district as defined in chapter 189,

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or other political subdivision of the state seeking to construct

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or improve bridges, roads, streets, highways, or railroads, and

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services incidental thereto, at costs in excess of $250,000 may

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require that persons interested in performing work under contract

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first be certified or qualified to perform such work. Any

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contractor may be considered ineligible to bid by the

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governmental entity if the contractor is behind on completing an

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approved progress schedule for the governmental entity by 10

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percent or more at the time of advertisement of the work. Any

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contractor prequalified and considered eligible by the Department

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of Transportation to bid to perform the type of work described

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under the contract shall be presumed to be qualified to perform

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the work described. The governmental entity may provide an appeal

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process to overcome that presumption with de novo review based on

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the record below to the circuit court.

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     (b)  With respect to contractors not prequalified with the

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Department of Transportation, the governmental entity shall

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publish prequalification criteria and procedures prior to

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advertisement or notice of solicitation. Such publications shall

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include notice of a public hearing for comment on such criteria

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and procedures prior to adoption. The procedures shall provide

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for an appeal process within the authority for objections to the

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prequalification process with de novo review based on the record

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below to the circuit court within 30 days.

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     (c)  The provisions of this subsection do not apply:

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     1.  When the project is undertaken to replace, reconstruct,

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or repair an existing facility damaged or destroyed by a sudden

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unexpected turn of events, such as an act of God, riot, fire,

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flood, accident, or other urgent circumstances, and such damage

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or destruction creates:

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     a.  An immediate danger to the public health or safety;

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     b.  Other loss to public or private property which requires

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emergency government action; or

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     c.  An interruption of an essential governmental service.

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     2.  When, after notice by publication in accordance with the

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applicable ordinance or resolution, the governmental entity does

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not receive any responsive bids or responses.

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     3.  To construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement to a

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public electric or gas utility system when such work on the

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public utility system is performed by personnel of the system.

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     4.  To construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement by a

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utility commission whose major contracts are to construct and

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operate a public electric utility system.

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     5. When the project consists exclusively of routine is

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undertaken as repair or maintenance to a public building,

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structure, or other public construction work of an existing

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public facility. As used in this subparagraph, the term "routine

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maintenance" means minor repairs and associated tasks necessary

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to preserve the building, structure, or other construction works

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in its as-built state without undertaking any new construction,

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additions, or extensions.

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     6.  When the project is undertaken exclusively as part of a

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public educational program.

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     7.  When the funding source of the project will be

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diminished or lost because the time required to competitively

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award the project after the funds become available exceeds the

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time within which the funding source must be spent.

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     8.  When the local government has competitively awarded a

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project to a private sector contractor and the contractor has

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abandoned the project before completion or the local government

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has terminated the contract.

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     9. When the local government, after receiving competitive

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bids or proposals, decides to perform the project using its own

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services, employees, and equipment in compliance with the

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procedure in this subparagraph. If the local government receives

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bids or proposals that are otherwise responsive but are all at

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least 10 percent greater than the local government's estimated

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cost of the project, the governing board of the local government,

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after public notice, must conduct conducts a public meeting under

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s. 286.011 and determine finds by a majority vote of the

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governing board that it is in the public's best interest to

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perform the project using its own services, employees, and

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equipment. The public notice must be published at least 14 days

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prior to the date of the public meeting at which the governing

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board takes final action to apply this subparagraph. The notice

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must identify the project, the estimated cost of the project, and

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specify that the purpose for the public meeting is to consider

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whether it is in the public's best interest to perform the

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project using the local government's own services, employees, and

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equipment. A local government's determination In deciding whether

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it is in the public's best interest for local government to

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perform a project using its own services, employees, and

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equipment must be supported by the following factual findings,

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which are subject to challenge under subsection (4):

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     a. The local government's estimated cost of the project as

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specified in the bid documents reasonably represented the fair

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market cost of performing the project using private-sector

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contractors; and

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     b. The local government can perform the project using its

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own services, employees, and equipment at a cost equal to or less

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than its estimated cost of the project, using generally accepted

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accounting principles that fully account for all employee

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compensation and benefits, equipment, and material costs and any

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other associated costs and expenses, the governing board may

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consider the cost of the project, whether the project requires an

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increase in the number of government employees, an increase in

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capital expenditures for public facilities, equipment or other

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capital assets, the impact on local economic development, the

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impact on small and minority business owners, the impact on state

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and local tax revenues, whether the private sector contractors

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provide health insurance and other benefits equivalent to those

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provided by the local government, and any other factor relevant

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to what is in the public's best interest.

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     10.  When the governing board of the local government

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determines upon consideration of specific substantive criteria

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and administrative procedures that it is in the best interest of

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the local government to award the project to an appropriately

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licensed private sector contractor according to procedures

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established by and expressly set forth in a charter, ordinance,

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or resolution of the local government adopted prior to July 1,

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1994. The criteria and procedures must be set out in the charter,

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ordinance, or resolution and must be applied uniformly by the

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local government to avoid award of any project in an arbitrary or

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capricious manner. This exception shall apply when all of the

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following occur:

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     a.  When the governing board of the local government, after

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public notice, conducts a public meeting under s. 286.011 and

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finds by a two-thirds vote of the governing board that it is in

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the public's best interest to award the project according to the

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criteria and procedures established by charter, ordinance, or

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resolution. The public notice must be published at least 14 days

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prior to the date of the public meeting at which the governing

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board takes final action to apply this subparagraph. The notice

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must identify the project, the estimated cost of the project, and

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specify that the purpose for the public meeting is to consider

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whether it is in the public's best interest to award the project

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using the criteria and procedures permitted by the preexisting

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ordinance.

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     b.  In the event the project is to be awarded by any method

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other than a competitive selection process, the governing board

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must find evidence that:

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     (I)  There is one appropriately licensed contractor who is

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uniquely qualified to undertake the project because that

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contractor is currently under contract to perform work that is

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affiliated with the project; or

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     (II)  The time to competitively award the project will

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jeopardize the funding for the project, or will materially

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increase the cost of the project or will create an undue hardship

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on the public health, safety, or welfare.

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     c.  In the event the project is to be awarded by any method

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other than a competitive selection process, the published notice

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must clearly specify the ordinance or resolution by which the

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private sector contractor will be selected and the criteria to be

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considered.

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     d.  In the event the project is to be awarded by a method

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other than a competitive selection process, the architect or

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engineer of record has provided a written recommendation that the

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project be awarded to the private sector contractor without

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competitive selection; and the consideration by, and the

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justification of, the government body are documented, in writing,

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in the project file and are presented to the governing board

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prior to the approval required in this paragraph.

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     11.  To projects subject to chapter 336.

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     (d)1.  If the project is to be awarded based on price, the

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contract must be awarded to the lowest qualified and responsive

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bidder in accordance with the applicable county or municipal

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ordinance or district resolution and in accordance with the

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applicable contract documents. The county, municipality, or

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special district may reserve the right to reject all bids and to

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rebid the project or elect not to proceed with the project. This

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subsection is not intended to restrict the rights of any local

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government to reject the low bid of a nonqualified or

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nonresponsive bidder and to award the contract to any other

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qualified and responsive bidder in accordance with the standards

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and procedures of any applicable county or municipal ordinance or

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any resolution of a special district.

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     2.  If the project uses a request for proposal or a request

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for qualifications, the request must be publicly advertised and

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the contract must be awarded in accordance with the applicable

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local ordinances.

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     3.  If the project is subject to competitive negotiations,

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the contract must be awarded in accordance with s. 287.055.

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     (e)  If a construction project greater than $200,000, or

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$50,000 for electrical work, is started after October 1, 1999,

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and is to be performed by a local government using its own

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employees in a county or municipality that issues registered

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contractor licenses and the project would require a licensed

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contractor under chapter 489 if performed by a private sector

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contractor, the local government must use a person appropriately

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registered or certified under chapter 489 to supervise the work.

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     (f)  If a construction project greater than $200,000, or

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$50,000 for electrical work, is started after October 1, 1999,

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and is to be performed by a local government using its own

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employees in a county that does not issue registered contractor

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licenses and the project would require a licensed contractor

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under chapter 489 if performed by a private sector contractor,

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the local government must use a person appropriately registered

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or certified under chapter 489 or a person appropriately licensed

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under chapter 471 to supervise the work.

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     (g)  Projects performed by a local government using its own

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services and employees must be inspected in the same manner as

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inspections required for work performed by private sector

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contractors.

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     (h)  A construction project provided for in this subsection

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may not be divided into more than one project for the purpose of

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evading this subsection.

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     (i)  This subsection does not preempt the requirements of

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any small-business or disadvantaged-business enterprise program

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or any local-preference ordinance.

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     (j) A local government owning or operating a public-use

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airport, as defined in s. 332.004(1), is exempt from this section

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if performing repairs or maintenance on the airport's buildings,

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structures, or public construction works using the local

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government's own services, employees, and equipment, regardless

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of the total construction cost.

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     (k) A local government owning or operating a seaport, as

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identified in s. 403.021(9)(b), is exempt from this section if

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performing repairs or maintenance on the seaport's buildings,

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structures, or public construction works using the local

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government's own services, employees, and equipment, regardless

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of the total construction cost.

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     (l) A local government owning or operating a public transit

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system, as defined in s. 343.52, a public transportation system,

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as defined in s. 343.62, or a mass transit system as defined in

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s. 349.04(1)(b) is exempt from this section if performing repairs

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or maintenance on the buildings, structures, or public

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construction works, of a public transit, public transportation

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system or mass transit system using the local government's own

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services, employees, and equipment, regardless of the total

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construction cost.

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     (5) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a county,

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municipality, or special district may not own or operate an

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asphalt plant or a portable or stationary concrete batch plant

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that has an independent mixer.

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     Section 2.  Section 336.41, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     336.41 Counties and municipalities; employing labor and

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providing road equipment; accounting; when competitive bidding

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required.--

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     (1) The commissioners may employ labor and provide

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equipment as may be necessary, except as provided in subsection

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(3), for constructing and opening of new roads or bridges and

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repair and maintenance of any existing roads and bridges.

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     (1)(2) It shall be the duty of All persons to whom the

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governing body of a county or municipality delivers commissioners

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deliver equipment and construction materials supplies for road

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and bridge purposes shall to make a strict accounting of the

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equipment and construction materials same to the governing body

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commissioners.

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     (2)(a)(3) The governing body of a county or municipality

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shall competitively award to a private-sector contractor all

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construction, and reconstruction, or repair of roads and bridges,

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including resurfacing, full scale mineral seal coating, and major

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bridge and bridge system repairs., to be performed utilizing the

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proceeds of the 80-percent portion of the surplus of the

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constitutional gas tax shall be let to contract to the lowest

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responsible bidder by competitive bid, except

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     (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the county or

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municipality may use its own forces for:

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     1.(a) Construction and maintenance in emergency

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situations., and

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     2.(b) In addition to emergency work, Construction, and

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reconstruction, or repair of roads and bridges, including

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resurfacing, full scale mineral seal coating, and major bridge

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and bridge system repairs. However:, having a total cumulative

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annual value not to exceed 5 percent of its 80-percent portion of

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the constitutional gas tax or $400,000, whichever is greater, and

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     a. A single project may not exceed $250,000 in value or as

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adjusted by the percentage change in the Construction Cost Index

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from January 1, 2009, exclusive of materials purchased in

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accordance with sub-subparagraph c.

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     b. A project provided for in this subsection may not be

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divided into more than one project for the purpose of evading

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this subsection.

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     c. All materials for such projects must be purchased or

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furnished from a commercial source, with the exception of

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government-owned material pits for sand, shell, gravel, and rock

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existing before January 1, 2008.

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     d. A county or municipality is not subject to the maximum

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project value in sub-subparagraph a. for paving dirt roads only.

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Such counties or municipalities are subject to the material

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purchase provisions of sub-subparagraph c.

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     3.(c) Construction of sidewalks, curbing, accessibility

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ramps, or appurtenances incidental to roads and bridges if each

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project is estimated in accordance with generally accepted cost-

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accounting principles to have total construction project costs of

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less than $400,000 or as adjusted by the percentage change in the

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Construction Cost Index from January 1, 2008,

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for which the county may utilize its own forces.

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     (c) However, if, after proper advertising, no bids are

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received by a county or municipality for a specific project, the

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county or municipality may use its own forces to construct the

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project, notwithstanding the limitation of this subsection.

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Nothing in this section shall prevent the county from performing

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routine maintenance as authorized by law.

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     (d) As used in this section, the term "competitively award"

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means to award a contract based on the submission of sealed bids,

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proposals submitted in response to a request for qualifications,

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or proposals submitted for competitive negotiations. This

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subsection authorizes contracts for construction management

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services, design-build contracts, continuation contracts based on

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unit prices, and any other contract arrangement with a private-

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sector contractor permitted by any applicable municipal or county

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ordinance, by district resolution, or by state law.

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     (e) For purposes for this section, the value of a project

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includes the cost of all labor except inmate labor, labor burden,

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and equipment, including ownership, fuel, and maintenance costs

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to be used in the construction and reconstruction of the project.

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     (f) This section does not prevent the county or

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municipality from performing routine maintenance as authorized by

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law and defined in s. 334.03, including the grading and shaping

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of dirt roads.

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     (g) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a county,

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municipality, or special district may not own or operate an

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asphalt plant or a portable or stationary concrete batch plant

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that has an independent mixer.

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     (3)(4)(a) For contracts in excess of $250,000, any county

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or municipality may require that persons interested in performing

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work under the contract first be certified or qualified to do the

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work. Any contractor prequalified and considered eligible to bid

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by the department to perform the type of work described under the

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contract shall be presumed to be qualified to perform the work so

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described. Any contractor may be considered ineligible to bid by

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the county or municipality if the contractor is behind an

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approved progress schedule by 10 percent or more on another

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project for that county or municipality at the time of the

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advertisement of the work. The county or municipality may provide

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an appeal process to overcome such consideration with de novo

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review based on the record below to the circuit court.

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     (b) The county or municipality, as appropriate, shall

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publish prequalification criteria and procedures prior to

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advertisement or notice of solicitation. Such publications shall

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include notice of a public hearing for comment on such criteria

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and procedures prior to adoption. The procedures shall provide

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for an appeal process within the county or municipality for

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objections to the prequalification process with de novo review

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based on the record below to the circuit court.

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     (c) The county or municipality, as appropriate, shall also

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publish for comment, prior to adoption, the selection criteria

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and procedures to be used by the county or municipality if such

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procedures would allow selection of other than the lowest

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responsible bidder. The selection criteria shall include an

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appeal process within the county or municipality with de novo

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review based on the record below to the circuit court.

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     Section 3.  Section 336.44, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     336.44 Counties and municipalities; contracts for

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construction of roads; procedure; contractor's bond.--

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     (1) The governing body of a county or municipality

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commissioners shall let the work on roads out on contract, in

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accordance with s. 336.41(2) s. 336.41(3).

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     (2)  Such contracts shall be let to the lowest responsible

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bidder, after publication of notice for bids containing

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specifications furnished by the governing body of a county or

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municipality commissioners in a newspaper published in the county

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where such contract is made, at least once each week for 2

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consecutive weeks prior to the making of such contract.

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     (3) Upon accepting a satisfactory bid, the governing body

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of a county or municipality commissioners shall enter into a

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contract with the party whose bid has been accepted. Such

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contract shall contain the specifications of the work to be done

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or material furnished, the time limit in which the construction

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is to be completed or material delivered, the time and amounts in

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which payments are to be made upon the contract, and a penalty to

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be paid by the contractor for the failure to comply with the

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terms of such contract.

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     (4)  The successful bidder shall enter into a good and

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sufficient bond with the governing body of a county or

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municipality commissioners for the faithful execution of the

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contract; the amount of the bond to be fixed by the governing

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body of a county or municipality commissioners, and the

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sufficiency of the said bond to be likewise approved by the

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governing body of a county or municipality commissioners.

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     (5) The governing body of a county or municipality

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commissioners may reject any or all bids and require new bids to

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be made.

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     Section 4.  This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.

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================ T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================

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And the title is amended as follows:

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     Delete everything before the enacting clause

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and insert:

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A bill to be entitled

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An act relating to public construction; amending s.

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255.20, F.S.; requiring that a county, municipality,

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special district, or other political subdivision seeking

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to construct, repair, or improve a public building or

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structure competitively award each project; providing

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certain exceptions; revising the procedure for a local

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government to perform a project using its own services,

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employees, and equipment; exempting local governments

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owning or operating a public-use airport, a seaport, or a

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public transit system as defined by state law from certain

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requirements under certain conditions; prohibiting a

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county, municipality, or special district from owning or

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operating an asphalt plant or concrete plant having an

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independent mixer; amending s. 336.41, F.S.; deleting

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provisions authorizing county commissioners to employ

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labor and provide equipment for certain projects;

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requiring that all persons to whom the governing body of a

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county or municipality delivers equipment or material to

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account for such equipment or material to the governing

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body; requiring that such governing body competitively

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award certain projects to a private-sector contractor;

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authorizing a county or municipality to use its own forces

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for certain projects; defining the term "competitively

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award" for specified purposes; providing that the value of

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a project includes specified costs; providing that

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requirements to competitively award certain contractors do

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not prevent counties and municipalities from performing

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routine maintenance, including the grading and shaping of

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dirt roads; prohibiting a county, municipality, or special

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district from owning or operating an asphalt plant or a

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concrete plant having an independent mixer; authorizing

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municipalities to provide for certain requirements for

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contracts exceeding a specified value; requiring that a

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municipality publish certain information before

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advertisement, notice of solicitation, or adoption;

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amending s. 336.44, F.S.; requiring that the governing

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body of a county or municipality let the work on roads out

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on contract in accordance with state law; providing an

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effective date.

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