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2018 CA Construction Laws

The California Legislature introduced over 2980 bills in the first half of the 2017-2018 session. The Attached PDF by Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP includes summaries of some of the more important bills affecting contractors in their roles as contractors, effective January 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted. Not addressed here are many other bills that will affect contractors in their other roles as businesses, taxpayers, and employers. Each of the summaries is brief, focusing on what is most important to contractors, while not mentioning additional, less important provisions. Each summary’s title is a live link to the full text of the referenced bill, for those wanting to know in detail the provisions of the new law.

CLEAN AIR BUILDING
Buy Clean California Act—Requiring “Green” Materials Purchasing—Coming in 2019, AB 262 (Bonta D)

PROCUREMENT AND FINANCE
Community College Districts Now Authorized to Use Job Order Contracting, AB 618 (Low D)

DESIGN BUILD
Peninsula Health Care District, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and the Santa Clara Valley OpenSpace Authority Authorized to Use Design-Build until January 1, 2023, SB 793 (Hill D)

BIDDING & PREQUALIFICATION
UC Best Value Construction Contracting Program Extended and Now Requires Qualifying Contractors to Certify Use of Specified Skilled Labor, AB 1424 (Levine D)

RETENTION
Sunset on 5% Retention for Public Works Extended to January 1, 2023, AB 92 (Bonta D)

BONDS, LIENS & PAYMENTS
Subcontractors Will Now Receive Information Needed to Ensure Prompt Payment Laws are Followed, AB 1223 (Caballero D)

CSLB
CSLB to Work with PUC to Develop a Required “Solar Energy System Disclosure Document,” AB 1070 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)

EMPLOYMENT & EMPLOYEE WAGES
General Contractors are Now Guarantors of Payments to Subcontractors’ Workers on Private Projects, AB 1701 (Thurmond D)

INDEMNITY
Design Professionals Protected from Broad Defense Obligations, SB 496 (Cannella R)

TRANSPORTATION
Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program Will Fund Roughly $52.4 Billion Over Ten Years to Address the State’s Deferred Maintenance on Roads and Highways, SB 1 (Beall D)

MISCELLANEOUS
Substantial Businesses Will Now Qualify for Preferences as “Small Businesses,” SB 605 (Galgiani D)

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