House Advances Construction Contract Mandate


This week, the House Commerce and Labor Committee voted to advance House Bill 203, OMA-opposed legislation that would set the payment terms in construction contracts. The bill would eliminate the owner’s right to negotiate by requiring all contracts be paid within 30 days. HB 203 would impose an 18% rate on payments not made within the state-mandated “prompt pay” period. Despite the OMA’s vocal opposition in testimony, members of the committee supported the bill backed by union and private contractors. The OMA alerted House members that HB 203 will be counted as a key vote, meaning it will be a factor in the OMA’s 2024 candidate endorsement process. 10/12/2023