57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the House February 8, 2002

  Yeas 97   Nays 0




Speaker of the House of Representatives







Passed by the Senate March 5, 2002

  Yeas 42   Nays 4



I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2100  as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                          Chief Clerk






President of the Senate




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Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                 SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2100



             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington      57th Legislature     2002 Regular Session


By House Committee on State Government (originally sponsored by Representatives Dunshee, Mulliken and Berkey)


Read first time 01/24/2002.  Referred to Committee on .

Increasing bid limits for PUDs using the alternative bid procedure under RCW 39.04.190.

    AN ACT Relating to increasing bid limits for the alternative bid procedure under RCW 39.04.190; and amending RCW 54.04.082 and 54.04.070.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 54.04.082 and 1995 c 354 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    For the awarding of a contract to purchase any item, or items of the same kind of materials, equipment, or supplies in an amount exceeding ((five)) ten thousand dollars, but less than ((thirty-five)) fifty thousand dollars, exclusive of sales tax, the commission may, in lieu of the procedure described in RCW 54.04.070 and 54.04.080 requiring public notice to invite sealed proposals for such materials, equipment, or supplies, pursuant to commission resolution use the process provided in RCW 39.04.190.  Waiver of the deposit or bid bond required under RCW 54.04.080 may be authorized by the commission in securing such bid quotations.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 54.04.070 and 2000 c 138 s 211 are each amended to read as follows:

    Any item, or items of the same kind of materials, equipment, or supplies purchased, the estimated cost of which is in excess of ((five)) ten thousand dollars, exclusive of sales tax shall be by contract:  PROVIDED, That a district may make purchases of the same kind of items of materials, equipment and supplies not exceeding five thousand dollars in any calendar month without a contract, purchasing any excess thereof over five thousand dollars by contract.  Any work ordered by a district commission, the estimated cost of which is in excess of ten thousand dollars exclusive of sales tax, shall be by contract, except that a district commission may have its own regularly employed personnel perform work which is an accepted industry practice under prudent utility management without a contract.  Prudent utility management means performing work with regularly employed personnel utilizing material of a worth not exceeding fifty thousand dollars in value without a contract:  PROVIDED, That such limit on the value of material being utilized in work being performed by regularly employed personnel shall not include the value of individual items of equipment purchased or acquired and used as one unit of a project.  Before awarding such a contract, the commission shall publish a notice once or more in a newspaper of general circulation in the district at least thirteen days before the last date upon which bids will be received, inviting sealed proposals for the work or materials; plans and specifications of which shall at the time of the publication be on file at the office of the district subject to public inspection.  Any published notice ordering work to be performed for the district shall be mailed at the time of publication to any established trade association which files a written request with the district to receive such notices.  The commission may at the same time and as part of the same notice, invite tenders for the work or materials upon plans and specifications to be submitted by the bidders.

    All contract projects equal to or in excess of one hundred thousand dollars shall be let by competitive bidding unless the public utility district lets contracts using the small works roster process under RCW 39.04.155.

    Whenever equipment or materials required by a district are held by a governmental agency and are available for sale but such agency is unwilling to submit a proposal, the commission may ascertain the price of such items and file a statement of such price supported by the sworn affidavit of one member of the commission and may consider such price as a bid without a deposit or bond.

    The commission may waive the competitive bidding requirements of this section pursuant to RCW 39.04.280 if an exemption contained within that section applies to the purchase or public work.


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