Below is information relative to the five proposed changes of the Construction Law Working Group for which MAPPO has recently asked for member feedback via a survey. In the survey, MAPPO is asking our members to rank the below initiatives in order of importance to them.
Streamline prime and subcontractor prequalification for both awarding authorities and applicants on Chapter 149 and 149a projects by utilizing the information on the DCAMM certification application and focusing on similar project experience, references, safety record and other information relevant to the particular project or not contained in the certification application. For subcontractors and trade contractors the evaluation would be simplified to pass/fail. In addition only those portions of the certification application that contain information that would have appeared in the Statement of Qualifications under current law will be considered a public record.
Increase bidding thresholds for Chapter 149 projects by increasing the threshold for prime contracts subject to Chapter 149 from $100,000 to $150,000, increasing the threshold for filed sub-bids from $20,000 to $25,000 and increasing the paragraph E threshold from $10,000 to $25,000.
Eliminate requirement for newspaper advertisements of construction and design projects. Advertisement would be required in CommBuys and Central Register.
Amend the horizontal procurement laws for smaller projects to make them consistent with the procurement processes for projects under $25,000.
Increase the Designer Selection Board procurement thresholds from $100,000 to $250,000 estimated construction cost and from $10,000 to $25,000 design fee.