SS/SB 182 - Current law prohibits the state, or any agency or instrumentality of the state, from requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction of public projects funded by more than 50% by the state. This act removes the 50% funding threshold and further prohibits the state, any agency, or political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state from requiring, or prohibiting, bidders from entering into agreements with labor organizations when entering into contracts for the construction, repair, remodeling, or demolition of a facility. Discrimination against such bidders is also prohibited. Moreover, the state, any agency, political subdivision, or instrumentality of the state, shall not encourage or give preferential treatment to bidders who enter or refuse to enter into agreements with a labor organization.
Any entity which violates the provisions of this act is liable to the person affected for equitable damages as well as reasonable attorney's fees. Furthermore, such entities shall not be eligible for state funding, including tax credits for two years.
The act gives investigatory authority to prosecuting attorneys, circuit attorneys, and the Attorney General for complaints of violations of this act. Furthermore, such entities shall use all means at their command to ensure the effective enforcement of this act.
The act repeals provisions of law permitting the state or any political subdivision to enter into a union-only project labor agreement.
This act is substantially similar to HB 126 (2017) and SB 889 (2016), and similar to HB 1444 (2016).