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Published on Friday, January 27, 2017

Bill would affect claims on construction contracts

HB 1574, introduced by Reps. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie) and Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) would essentially overturn a 2002 State Supreme Court case (Mike M. Johnson, Inc. v. The County of Spokane). The case found that private contractors wishing to bring claims on state and municipal public works projects must fully comply with the claims procedures in the contract. This bill specifies that a party seeking to enforce the claims clause of the contract must show “material prejudice as a result of noncompliance.” In essence it would make it more difficult for cities to defend their claim procedures in public works contracts.

This bill is scheduled for public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at 8 am on February 1.

Categories: Infrastructure