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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Amendment to Local Government Professional Services Selection Act

Local governments should be aware of a new law that takes effect on January 1, 2019 relating to professional services contracts. The Local Government Professional Services Selection Act requires local governments to follow certain procedures for retaining professionals to provide architectural, engineering, and land surveying services. The Act requires the local government to publish notice in the newspaper before selecting a professional, and the Act contains certain evaluation "criteria" for selection, including qualifications, past record and experience, availability to meet time requirements, location, workload and other qualifications. The Act prohibits local governments from seeking estimates of costs as part of the proposal process.  The Act exempts from this process services provided by firms with "a satisfactory relationship for services." 

The Act currently authorizes a local government to waive this process if the services for the project is expected to cost less than $25,000 - P.A. 10-0968 amends that amount to $40,000, effective January 1, 2019.


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