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This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Jan 29, 2004 at 3:22 PM by kholt. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 10, 2004 at 3:32 PM by chopkin. --> This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 24, 2004 at 2:53 PM by rday. --> This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 2, 2004 at 10:45 AM by rday. --> 1
6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This bill modifies provisions related to private contractors bonds.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This bill:
11 . provides definitions;
12 . makes the requirement that the owner obtain a bond from the contractor apply only
13 to commercial contracts;
14 . increases the contract price amount to $50,000 for requiring the owner to obtain a
15 bond from the contractor;
16 . deletes exemption related to the Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery
17 Fund Act; h [
17a . ADDRESSES THE AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES; AND h
18 . makes technical changes.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 14-2-1, as last amended by Chapter 308, Laws of Utah 1994
26 14-2-2, as last amended by Chapter 308, Laws of Utah 1994
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 14-2-1 is amended to read:
30 14-2-1. Definitions -- Payment bond required -- Right of action -- Notice --
31 Attorneys' fees.
32 (1) For purposes of this chapter:
33 (a) "Commercial contract" means a contract for the construction, alteration, or repair of
34 the following if it is not residential construction:
35 (i) a building;
36 (ii) a structure; or
37 (iii) an improvement upon land H THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH A SINGLE FAMILY
37a DETACHED HOUSING S [
39 contract for the construction, alteration, or repair of any building, structure, or improvement
40 upon land.
41a construction, alteration, or repair of
44 (i) a building;
45 (ii) a structure; or
46 (iii) an improvement upon land.
47 (d) (i) "Residential construction" means the construction, alteration, or repair of:
48 (A) single family detached housing; or
49 (B) multifamily attached housing up to and including a h [
50 (ii) "Residential construction" includes rental housing S [
50a SUBDIVISIONS h
51 (2) [
52 contract exceeding [
53 building, structure, or improvement upon land is awarded to any contractor, the owner shall
54 obtain from the contractor a payment bond:
55 (a) complying with Subsection (3)[
56 (b) that becomes binding upon the award of the h ORIGINAL h commercial contract to the
60 (3) The payment bond shall be:
61 (a) with a surety or sureties satisfactory to the owner for the protection of all persons
62 supplying labor, services, equipment, or material in the prosecution of the work provided for in
63 the commercial contract; and
64 (b) in a sum equal to the h ORIGINAL h commercial contract price.
65 (4) A person shall have a right of action on a payment bond under this chapter for any
66 unpaid amount due [
67 (a) [
68 work provided for in the commercial contract for which the payment bond is furnished under
69 this chapter; and
70 (b) [
72 (i) performed the labor or service for which a claim is made; or
73 (ii) supplied the equipment or material for which the claim is made.
74 (5) (a) An action under this section shall be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction
75 in the county where the commercial contract was to be performed and not elsewhere. [
76 (b) An action under this section is barred if not commenced within one year after the
77 last day on which the claimant:
78 (i) performed the labor or service on which the claim is based; or
79 (ii) supplied the equipment or material on which the claim is based.
80 (c) The obligee named in the payment bond need not be joined as a party to [
81 action under this section.
82 (d) In any action upon a payment bond under this section, the court may award
83 reasonable attorneys' fees to the prevailing party, which attorneys' fees shall be taxed as costs in
84 the action.
85 (6) The payment bond shall be exhibited to any interested person upon request.
86 (7) In any suit upon a payment bond under this chapter, the court shall award
87 reasonable attorneys' fees to the prevailing party.
88 Section 2. Section 14-2-2 is amended to read:
89 14-2-2. Failure of owner to obtain payment bond -- Liability.
90 (1) [
91 payment bond required under Section 14-2-1 is liable to each person who performed labor or
92 service or supplied equipment or materials under the commercial contract for the reasonable
93 value of the labor or service performed or the equipment or materials furnished up to but not
94 exceeding the commercial contract price.
95 (2) [
96 be commenced after the expiration of one year after the day on which:
97 (a) the last of the labor or service was performed; or
98 (b) the equipment or material was supplied by the person.
99 (3) In an action for failure to obtain a bond, the court h [
100 fees to the prevailing party. These attorneys' fees shall be taxed as costs in the action.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-8-04 12:47 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.