Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

SB 478

State Building Projects

Full Description

(Roessler) Approval of state building projects and contracts; use of bidding procedures on such contracts; allocation of village assets and liabilities upon dissolution.

This bill increases various statutory thresholds for certain types of construction and maintenance projects.

  1. Increases from $100,000 to $150,000 the threshold for which projects require review and approval by the state Building Commission. These projects are known as Small Projects and may be approved by the Department of Administration.
  2. Increases from $30,000 to $40,000 the threshold for which bids on contracts must be publicly solicited. For work totaling less than $40,000 a state agency may solicit bids.
  3. Increase from $250,000 to $500,000 the threshold for which the governor may authorize repairs and construction in emergency situations.
  4. Increases from $60,000 to $150,000 the threshold requiring the governor’s signature for contracts and change orders to construction contracts.
The bill also changes the method of allocation of village assets and liabilities upon dissolution of a village. These provisions are unrelated to the UW System.

Referred to: Veterans, Homeland Security, Military Affairs, Small Business and Government Reform.

UW System Position

SUPPORT: These changes will benefit UW System institutions by expediting smaller construction and maintenance projects. The proposed changes will reduce the amount of time from project inception to completion.

The changes are modest and the Department of Administration proposed greater incremental changes, however the state Building Commission voted to endorse this limited scope of change at this time.