Florida Senate - 2015 CS for SB 934 By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Senator Brandes 585-02129-15 2015934c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public works projects; providing 3 definitions; prohibiting the state and political 4 subdivisions that contract for the construction, 5 maintenance, repair, or improvement of public works 6 from imposing certain conditions on certain 7 contractors, subcontractors, or material suppliers or 8 carriers; providing an exception; prohibiting the 9 state and political subdivisions from imposing certain 10 restrictions on qualified bidders; providing an 11 effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Project labor agreements for certain publicly 16 funded public works projects.— 17 (1) As used in this section, the term: 18 (a) “Political subdivision” means a separate agency or unit 19 of local government created or established by law or ordinance 20 and the officers thereof. The term includes, but is not limited 21 to, a county; a city, town, or other municipality; or a 22 department, commission, authority, school district, tax 23 district, water management district, board, public corporation, 24 institution of higher education, or other public agency or body 25 authorized to expend public funds for construction, maintenance, 26 repair, or improvement of public works. 27 (b) “Project labor agreement” means an arrangement 28 mentioned, detailed, or outlined within the project plans, the 29 specifications, or any bidding document of a public works 30 project that: 31 1. Imposes requirements, controls, or limitations on 32 staffing, sources of employee referrals, assignments of work, 33 sources of insurance or benefits, including health, life, and 34 disability insurance and retirement pensions, training programs 35 or standards, or wages; or 36 2. Requires a contractor to enter into any sort of 37 agreement as a condition of submitting a bid that directly or 38 indirectly limits or requires the contractor to recruit, train, 39 or hire employees from a particular source to perform work on 40 public works or a public works project. 41 (c) “Public works” or “public works project” means a 42 building, road, street, sewer, storm drain, water system, site 43 development, irrigation system, reclamation project, gas or 44 electrical distribution system, gas or electrical substation, or 45 other facility, project, or portion thereof, including repair, 46 renovation, or remodeling, owned, in whole or in part, by any 47 political subdivision that is to be paid for in whole or in part 48 with state funds. 49 (2)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) or as required 50 by federal or state law, the state or any political subdivision 51 that contracts for the construction, maintenance, repair, or 52 improvement of public works may not require that a contractor, 53 subcontractor, or material supplier or carrier engaged in the 54 construction, maintenance, repair, or improvement of public 55 works: 56 1. Pay employees a predetermined amount of wages or wage 57 rate; 58 2. Provide employees a specified type, amount, or rate of 59 employee benefits; 60 3. Control or limit staffing; 61 4. Recruit, train, or hire employees from a designated or 62 single source; 63 5. Designate any particular assignment of work for 64 employees; 65 6. Participate in proprietary training programs, unless 66 such training is a condition of a product warranty or guarantee; 67 or 68 7. Enter into any type of project labor agreement. 69 (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply if the payment of 70 prevailing or minimum wages to persons working on projects 71 funded in whole or in part by federal funds is required under 72 federal law. 73 (3) The state or any political subdivision that contracts 74 for the construction, maintenance, repair, or improvement of 75 public works shall not require that a contractor, subcontractor, 76 or material supplier or carrier engaged in the construction, 77 maintenance, repair, or improvement of public works execute or 78 otherwise become a party to any agreement with employees, their 79 representatives, or any labor organization as described in 29 80 U.S.C. s. 152(5) and 42 U.S.C. s. 2000e(d), including any area 81 wide, regional, or state building or construction trade or 82 crafts council, organization, association, or similar body, as a 83 condition of bidding, negotiating, being awarded any bid or 84 contract, or performing work on a public works project. 85 (4) The state or any political subdivision that contracts 86 for the construction, maintenance, repair, or improvement of any 87 public works project may not prohibit any contractor, 88 subcontractor, or material supplier or carrier engaged in the 89 construction, maintenance, repair, or improvement of public 90 works who is qualified, licensed, or certified as required by 91 state law to perform such work from submitting a bid, being 92 awarded a bid or contract upon being selected, negotiating a 93 contract upon being awarded, or performing work on a public 94 works project. 95 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.