SB 0596 Establishes the Open Contracting Act for state and local public works projects
LR Number:2122S.01I Fiscal Note:2122-01
Committee:Labor and Industrial Relations
Last Action:05/18/01 - 002 S Calendar S Bills for Perfection Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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Current Bill Summary

SB 596 - This act establishes the "Open Contracting Act" which prohibits public agencies from imposing certain labor requirements as conditions for performing public works.

Public entities procuring products or services or entering into contracts for manufacture of public works shall ensure that their agreements do not bind the other parties to such agreement to labor organizations. Public entities shall not discriminate against such parties who refuse to adhere to agreements with labor organizations. Public entities shall not require such parties to make their employees join or pay dues or fees to a labor organization in excess of costs already paid.

Public entities shall not issue grants or contract for construction projects requiring another party's employees join, become affiliated with, or pay more money to a labor organization. Such entities may exercise authority, as required, to prevent such action by a grant recipient or party to a contract.

Any interested party has standing to challenge agreements that violate these provisions.