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5 This act modifies provisions relating to State Affairs in General. This act amends the Utah
6 Procurement Code to designate that the chief procurement officer or the head of the
7 purchasing agency responsible for carrying out a construction project of both state and local
8 procurement units may not require a person or entity who is bidding for or who has been
9 awarded a construction contract to obtain a bond from a specific insurance or surety
10 company, producer, agent, or broker. This act makes a person who violates this act guilty
11 of an infraction.
12 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
14 63-56-2, as last amended by Chapter 123, Laws of Utah 1997
15 63-56-37, as last amended by Chapter 92, Laws of Utah 1987
16 63-56-38, as last amended by Chapter 232, Laws of Utah 1993
17 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
18 Section 1. Section 63-56-2 is amended to read:
19 63-56-2. Application of chapter.
20 (1) This chapter applies only to contracts solicited or entered into after the effective date
21 of this chapter unless the parties agree to its application to a contract solicited or entered into prior
22 to the effective date.
23 (2) Except as provided in Section 63-56-3 , this chapter shall apply to every expenditure
24 of public funds irrespective of their source, including federal assistance, by any state agency under
25 any contract.
26 (3) (a) Only the following sections shall apply to local public procurement units: Sections
27 63-56-3 , 63-56-5 , 63-56-16 , 63-56-19 through 63-56-33 , 63-56-35.5 , 63-56-36 through 63-56-41 ,
28 63-56-45 through 63-56-50 , and 63-56-59 through 63-56-63 ; provided, however, that, except as
29 provided in Sections 63-56-70 and 63-56-71 , the jurisdiction of the procurement appeals board is
30 limited to matters involving state agencies.
31 (b) [
32 apply to local public procurement units.
33 (c) For the purpose of application of those sections and subsections to a local public
34 procurement unit, "state" shall mean "local public procurement unit," "chief procurement officer"
35 or "head of a purchasing agency" shall mean any person conducting procurement for a local public
36 procurement unit, and "rules and regulations" shall mean ordinances and rules and regulations
37 promulgated by a local public procurement unit to implement or supplement those sections.
38 (d) In addition to the sections and subsections listed above and except as provided in
39 Section 17A-1-801 relating to special districts, each local public procurement unit shall adopt
40 ordinances relating to the procurement of architect-engineer services not inconsistent with the
41 provisions of Part G of this chapter.
42 (e) Any other section of this chapter, or its implementing regulations, may be adopted by
43 any local public procurement unit.
44 (f) Any other implementing regulations adopted by local public procurement units may not
45 be inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.
46 (4) Unless otherwise provided by statute, this chapter does not apply to procurement of real
48 Section 2. Section 63-56-37 is amended to read:
49 63-56-37. Bid security requirements -- Directed suretyship prohibited -- Penalty.
50 (1) Bid security in amount equal to at least 5% of the amount of the bid shall be required
51 for all competitive sealed bidding for construction contracts. Bid security shall be a bond provided
52 by a surety company authorized to do business in this state, the equivalent in cash, or any other
53 form satisfactory to the state.
54 (2) When a bidder fails to comply with the requirement for bid security set forth in the
55 invitation for bids, the bid shall be rejected unless, pursuant to rules, it is determined that the
56 failure to comply with the security requirements is nonsubstantial.
57 (3) After the bids are opened, they shall be irrevocable for the period specified in the
58 invitation for bids, except as provided in Subsection 63-56-20 (6). If a bidder is permitted to
59 withdraw a bid before award, no action shall be taken against the bidder or the bid security.
60 (4) (a) When issuing an invitation for a bid under this chapter, the chief procurement
61 officer or the head of the purchasing agency responsible for carrying out a construction project may
62 not require a person or entity who is bidding for a contract to obtain a bond of the type referred to
63 in Subsection (1) from a specific insurance or surety company, producer, agent, or broker.
64 (b) A person who violates Subsection (4)(a) is guilty of an infraction.
65 Section 3. Section 63-56-38 is amended to read:
66 63-56-38. Bonds necessary when contract is awarded -- Waiver -- Action --
67 Attorneys' fees.
68 (1) When a construction contract is awarded under this chapter, the contractor to whom
69 the contract is awarded shall deliver the following bonds or security to the state, which shall
70 become binding on the parties upon the execution of the contract:
71 (a) a performance bond satisfactory to the state that is in an amount equal to 100% of the
72 price specified in the contract and is executed by a surety company authorized to do business in
73 this state or any other form satisfactory to the state; and
74 (b) a payment bond satisfactory to the state that is in an amount equal to 100% of the price
75 specified in the contract and is executed by a surety company authorized to do business in this state
76 or any other form satisfactory to the state, which is for the protection of each person supplying
77 labor, service, equipment, or material for the performance of the work provided for in the contract.
78 (2) (a) When a construction contract is awarded under this chapter, the chief procurement
79 officer or the head of the purchasing agency responsible for carrying out a construction project may
80 not require a contractor to whom a contract is awarded to obtain a bond of the types referred to in
81 Subsections (1)(a) and (b) from a specific insurance or surety company, producer, agent, or broker.
82 (b) A person who violates Subsection (2)(a) is guilty of an infraction.
84 payment bond for circumstances in which the state considers any or all of the bonds to be
85 unnecessary to protect the state.
87 unpaid amount due him if:
88 (a) he has furnished labor, service, equipment, or material for the work provided for in the
89 contract for which the payment bond is furnished under this section; and
90 (b) he has not been paid in full within 90 days after the last date on which he performed
91 the labor or service or supplied the equipment or material for which the claim is made.
93 jurisdiction in any county where the construction contract was to be performed and not elsewhere.
94 The action is barred if not commenced within one year after the last day on which the claimant
95 performed the labor or service or supplied the equipment or material on which the claim is based.
96 The obligee named in the bond need not be joined as a party to the action.
98 to the prevailing party, which fees shall be taxed as costs in the action.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-29-02 2:57 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.