Senate Bill 208
149th General Assembly (Present)
Becomes effective upon date of signature of the Governor or upon date specified
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS CONTRACTING.
This Act makes the following changes to the large public works contract procedures in subsection (c) and (d) of § 6962 of Title 29 for all State agencies: 1. Changes the requirement for the prequalification process so that submissions must contain performance reviews for previously awarded public works or private sector construction projects within the last 5 years instead of the last 10 years. 2. When an agency elects to award on the basis of best value, the maximum weight that can be assigned to the schedule is reduced from 30% to 20%. 3. When an agency elects to award on the basis of best value, performance is added as an objective criteria and must be given weight of at least 10% but no more than 20%. 4. Performance criterion is based on the contractor's performance rating, as determined under the agency's regulations. This Act makes the following changes to the large public works contract procedures in subsection § 6962(c) of Title 29 for only Department of Transportation projects: 1. Adds a bidder prequalification requirement to projects other than Community Transportation Fund and municipal street aid contracts, so that the only contractors eligible to bid on projects are contractors that either meet or exceed the minimum contractor's performance rating or that will permit the Department to retain 10% of the payments to be made to the contractor. 2. Creates a stakeholder panel to advise the Department of Transportation on the content of the performance-based rating system regulations. Because the stakeholder panel only exists when the performance-based rating system regulations are promulgated or being revised, the stakeholder panel is codified in the Laws of Delaware instead of the Delaware Code. This Act takes on January 1, 2019, or when the required regulations are promulgated, whichever occurs first. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.