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2019 House Bill 1521: Providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting
Introduced by Rep. Laurie Dolan (Olympia) (D) on January 23, 2019
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Referred to the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on January 23, 2019
Substitute offered in the House on February 5, 2019
Narrows the application of the contracting out requirements under statute to only contracts for services that have been customarily and historically provided by classified employees since July 1, 2005.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 8, 2019
Referred to the House Rules Committee on January 28, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Boehnke (Kennewick) (R) on February 5, 2020
Requires the State Auditor to conduct a comprehensive performance audit, by December 1, 2020, of all state functions to identify opportunities for cost savings by contracting for services. Requires the State Auditor, by December 31st of each year, to conduct an audit of the completed comprehensive impact assessments required under the bill to identify whether the state has made a reasonable financial decision to contract for services or not contract for services.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Chris Corry (Yakima) (R) on February 5, 2020
Removes language that prohibits agencies, departments, and institutions of higher education from including the state's indirect overhead costs in the estimate of the cost of performance of the service by employees, required as part of the comprehensive impact assessment.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Laurie Dolan (Olympia) (D) on February 5, 2020
Provides that contracting is subject to this act when the service has been customarily and historically performed by government employees at any point on or after July 1, 2005, rather than continuously since July 1, 2005. Provides that contracts for public work as defined by the Public Works chapter costing over $500,000 are not subject to the processes in this act, rather than contracts for "major projects" as defined by the Office of Financial Management. Removes the null and void clause.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 5, 2020
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on February 5, 2020
Removes the exemption for major projects for services related to construction, architecture, engineering, and land surveying. Exempts contracts related to construction, land surveying, plumbing services, and electrical services. Exempts contracts awarded for public works projects, alternative public works projects, architectural and engineering services, and HVAC services.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 5, 2020
Received in the Senate on February 7, 2020
Referred to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on February 7, 2020
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 24, 2020
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 3, 2020
Amendment offered by Sen. Mark Mullet (Issaquah) (D) on March 5, 2020
Narrows the application of contracting out requirements to contracts for services that, on or after July 1, 2005, have been customarily and historically provided by and would displace or relocate classified employees.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 5, 2020
Received in the House on March 9, 2020

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