SENATE BILL 6577





                        57th Legislature

                      2002 Regular Session


Passed by the Senate March 11, 2002

  YEAS 43   NAYS 0




President of the Senate


Passed by the House March 6, 2002

  YEAS 93   NAYS 0



I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is  SENATE BILL 6577 as passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the dates hereon set forth.




Speaker of the

      House of Representatives









Approved Place Style On Codes above, and Style Off Codes below.  





Governor of the State of Washington

                   Secretary of State

                  State of Washington



                         SENATE BILL 6577



                      AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE


             Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session


State of Washington   57th Legislature        2002 Regular Session


By Senators Gardner, Roach and Costa


Read first time 01/22/2002.  Referred to Committee on State & Local Government.

Prohibiting substitution of subcontractors on larger public works contracts.  

    AN ACT Relating to identification of subcontractors on public works contracts; amending RCW 39.30.060; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  This act is intended to discourage bid shopping and bid peddling on Washington state public building and works projects.


    Sec. 2.  RCW 39.30.060 and 1999 c 109 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) Every invitation to bid on a prime contract that is expected to cost one million dollars or more for the construction, alteration, or repair of any public building or public work of the state or a state agency or municipality as defined under RCW 39.04.010 or an institution of higher education as defined under RCW 28B.10.016 shall require each prime contract bidder to submit as part of the bid, or within one hour after the published bid submittal time, the names of the subcontractors with whom the bidder, if awarded the contract, will subcontract for performance of the work of:  HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning((,))); plumbing as described in chapter 18.106 RCW((,)); and electrical as described in chapter 19.28 RCW, or to name itself for the work.  The prime contract bidder shall not list more than one subcontractor for each category of work identified, unless subcontractors vary with bid alternates, in which case the prime contract bidder must indicate which subcontractor will be used for which alternate.  Failure of the prime contract bidder to submit as part of the bid the names of such subcontractors or to name itself to perform such work or the naming of two or more subcontractors to perform the same work shall render the prime contract bidder's bid nonresponsive and, therefore, void.

    (2) Substitution of a listed subcontractor in furtherance of bid shopping or bid peddling before or after the award of the prime contract is prohibited and the originally listed subcontractor is entitled to recover monetary damages from the prime contract bidder who executed a contract with the public entity and the substituted subcontractor but not from the public entity inviting the bid.  It is the original subcontractor's burden to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that bid shopping or bid peddling occurred.  Substitution of a listed subcontractor may be made by the prime contractor for the following reasons:

    (a) Refusal of the listed subcontractor to sign a contract with the prime contractor;

    (b) Bankruptcy or insolvency of the listed subcontractor;

    (c) Inability of the listed subcontractor to perform the requirements of the proposed contract or the project;

    (d) Inability of the listed subcontractor to obtain the necessary license, bonding, insurance, or other statutory requirements to perform the work detailed in the contract; or

    (e) The listed subcontractor is barred from participating in the project as a result of a court order or summary judgment.

    (3) The requirement of this section to name the prime contract bidder's proposed ((heating, ventilation and air conditioning)) HVAC, plumbing, and electrical subcontractors applies only to proposed ((heating, ventilation and air conditioning)) HVAC, plumbing, and electrical subcontractors who will contract directly with the ((general contractor)) prime contract bidder submitting the bid to the public entity.


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