Revision: May 15, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
HB 534-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
HOUSE BILL 534-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Graham, Hills. 7; Rep. Eaton, Ches. 3; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3
COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways
This bill provides that projects of not more than $500,000 for the department of fish and game, the adjutant general, and the department of natural and cultural resources are exempt from the department of administrative services competitive bidding requirement. The current statute exempts such projects if the estimated total cost is not more than $250,000.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
05/15/2019 1755s 19-0337
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Major Projects; Exclusion from Competitive Bidding Requirement. Amend RSA 21-I:80, I(b) to read as follows:
(b) Projects for the department of fish and game, the adjutant general's department, and the department of natural and cultural resources, whose estimated total cost is not more than [$250,000] $500,000. Such projects may be done on a force account basis, by contracts awarded through competitive bidding, by short term rental of construction equipment, or by any combination of these methods. These departments are authorized to rent construction equipment for periods not exceeding 6 months at rates the departments deem competitive through the use of quotes or bids.
HB 534-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2019-1315s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill would raise the threshold, from $250,000 to $500,000, for projects that are exempt from the competitive bid requirement of the Department of Administrative Services, Division of Public Works (DPW). The following departments are affected and would realize reduced expenditures: Fish and Game, Adjutant General, Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services New Hampshire Hospital and Glencliff Home, and Natural and Cultural Resources. Projects that cannot be accepted by the DPW are also exempted.
DAS indicates DPW derives approximately thirty percent of its total funding from fees charged to these agencies and would therefore lose that funding source. This funding loss would impact the ability of the DPW to perform its role in enforcing Statewide building standards and codes, designing new building or building improvements, and monitoring the construction of these building improvements to ensure Statewide standards are adhered to during the construction phase. DPW would require additional general funds to replace the lost funding stream and maintain staff and functions at current levels. There is currently no provision to replace these funds in the DAS budget with general funds.
In FY 2018, the total project value for these named agencies was $8,610,566. DPW fees are approximately 6 percent of this value, or $516,634 ($8,610,566 x .06 = $516,634). DPW total funding from fees in FY 2018 was $957,358. The loss of agency income to DAS will be reflected in the other impacted agency budgets as a reduced expense.
Department of Administrative Services