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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Responsible Bidder Bill Approved by Senate Committee

HB 924, the bill that would insert a "responsible bidder" provision into the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, was approved by a 10-5 vote of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee yesterday.   The bill had passed the House in April. 
If enacted into law, all businesses seeking to bid on public works projects would be required to have an affiliation with a United States Department of Labor apprenticeship program in order to be eligible to work on a project. This bill would affect local governments by resulting in fewer eligible bidders, less competition, and higher costs for public works projects.  The Illinois Municipal League has gone on record as opposing the legislation.  In addition, the Black Chamber of Commerce testified at the Senate committee hearing in opposition to the bill based on the organization's contention that the bill treats minorities unfairly.
We will keep you posted on this bill.


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