HB 1595

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As Reported by Senate Committee On:

Commerce & Labor, March 27, 2015

Title: An act relating to changing the definition of labor hours for the purposes of the apprenticeship utilization statute.

Brief Description: Changing the definition of labor hours for the purposes of the apprenticeship utilization statute.

Sponsors: Representatives Senn, Clibborn, Walsh and Ormsby.

Brief History: Passed House: 3/06/15, 97-1.

Committee Activity: Commerce & Labor: 3/25/15, 3/27/15 [DP].


Majority Report: Do pass.

Signed by Senators Braun, Vice Chair; Hasegawa, Ranking Minority Member; Conway, Keiser, King and Warnick.

Staff: Richard Rodger (786-7461)

Background: Generally, public works projects that are estimated to cost $1 million or more must require that at least 15 percent of the labor hours be performed by apprentices enrolled in approved apprenticeship training programs.

Labor hours is defined as the total hours of workers receiving an hourly wage who are directly employed "on the site" of the public works project.

Some awarding agencies have looked to federal law for guidance on interpreting the phrase "on the site" of the project. Under the federal Davis-Bacon Act, the term "on the site" of the work means, generally, the physical place where the building or work called for in the contract will remain, and any other site where a significant portion of the building or work is constructed, provided that such site is established specifically for the performance of the contract or project.

Washington's prevailing wage laws require that laborers "upon" the public works project must be paid prevailing wages. The prevailing wage law has been interpreted to extend beyond work performed directly on the site of the project.

Summary of Bill: The definition of labor hours in the apprenticeship utilization statutes is changed to mean the total hours of workers employed "upon," rather than "on the site," of the project.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Not requested.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony: PRO: We support the apprenticeship programs and the bill will allow a broader recognition of apprenticeship hours worked. It helps agencies and employers meet the apprenticeship goals and will help contribute to the success of the program.

Persons Testifying: PRO: Tom Gaetz, Executive Director, WA Asphalt Pavement Assn.

Persons Signed in to Testify But Not Testifying: No one.