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Published on Friday, January 9, 2015

Looking for feedback on bill related to use of apprentices for subsidized public works projects

HB 1038, sponsored by Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver), requires that for “subsidized public works projects” estimated to cost $5 million dollars or more, at least 15% of the labor hours must be performed by apprentices. The bill defines “subsidized public works projects” to include projects where “one or more parties to the contract for the project received or will receive a loan for the project from the state…” Presumably this includes projects where a city received an infrastructure loan from the state, for example a Public Works Trust Fund or Community Economic Revitalization Board loan.

The bill is being heard by the House Labor Committee next week on Tuesday, January 13 at 1:30 pm. Any input on how this bill would impact cities would be helpful. Please contact Alison Hellberg with comments.

Categories: Infrastructure