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Retainage Law Changes In Washington State



Read about changes to Washington State law from 2009 affecting retainage withheld on public works construction projects.

Read about changes to Washington State law from 2009 affecting retainage withheld on public works construction projects.



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Retainage Law Changes In Washington State Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 2009 Retainage Law Changes in Washington State: HB 1199 and SHB 1555 Mike Purdy Michael E. Purdy Associates (206) 295-1464 [email_address] www.mpurdy.com
  • 2. Revisions to State Law
    • House Bill 1199:
      • Repeals various laws that relate to public works contracts entered into prior to September 1, 1992
      • Approved by Legislature
    Prompt Payment RCW 39.76.011 RCW 39.76.010 Retainage RCW 60.28.051 RCW 60.28.050 Retainage RCW 60.28.021 RCW 60.28.020 Retainage RCW 60.28.011 RCW 60.28.010 Subject Current Law Old Law
  • 3. Revisions to State Law
    • Substitute House Bill 1555:
      • Underground Economy bill
      • Purpose of Retainage: Trust fund purpose expanded to add:
        • Employment Security Department
          • Unemployment Compensation Premiums
        • Department of Labor & Industries
          • Workers Compensation Premiums
      • Certificates of Release:
        • Required before release of retainage. Added Employment Security and Labor & Industries
        • L&I doesn’t issue certificates; may obtain online
  • 4. Revisions to State Law
    • SHB 1555: Revised Priority of Claim Order
    The Owner 7 Other taxes due (ESD, L&I for taxes due on other projects; other taxes) 6 Subcontractors and suppliers The Owner 5 ESD and L&I for taxes due on public works project Other taxes due 4 Dept. of Revenue – taxes due on other projects Subcontractors and suppliers 3 Dept. of Revenue – taxes due on public works project Dept. of Revenue – taxes due on public works project 2 Workers not paid prevailing wages Workers not paid prevailing wages 1 New law Current law #
  • 5. Revisions to State Law
    • Substitute House Bill 1555:
      • Issues:
        • L&I doesn’t issue a release certificate, but new law requires it
        • Conflict between $35,000 vs. $20,000
          • SHB 1555 requires public agencies to only notify Revenue, ESD, and L&I of projects over $35,000 (RCW 60.28.051)
          • RCW 60.28.040 (priority of claims) was amended by HB 1199 to change $20,000 to $35,000 for Dept. of Revenue release (clean-up legislation not fixed in 2007).
          • SHB 1555 amends RCW 60.28.040 establishing $20,000 as the threshold for Revenue for a public works project in establishing priority of claims. One reference will be fixed by HB 1199 but not the other new references.
          • SHB 1555 uses $20,000 for Employment Security and L&I releases when current practice is $35,000 for ESD.
  • 6. http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com Sign up for a Free E-mail Subscription to Mike Purdy’s Public Contracting Blog
  • 7. Michael E. Purdy Associates Mike Purdy Principal (206) 295-1464 [email_address] www.mpurdy.com Mike Purdy’s Public Contracting Blog: http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com The opinions and interpretations expressed in this presentation do not represent legal advice and the reader is encouraged to consult with an attorney to obtain legal advice.
  • 8.
    • Michael E. Purdy Associates: Mike Purdy has more than 29 years of experience as a manager in public contracting and procurement. He is the principal of Michael E. Purdy Associates ( www.mpurdy.com ), a consultant firm established in 2005 to help public agencies and businesses develop and implement effective contracting strategies, solve contracting problems, and learn more about contracting and procurement through tailored training. He maintains the popular Public Contracting Blog at http://PublicContracting.blogspot.com .
    • Experience: Mike is also the Contracts Manager for the University of Washington’s Capital Projects Office and is responsible for managing design and construction contracts for more than $1 billion worth of projects at the University. Before joining the UW in 2005, he spent five years at the Seattle Housing Authority where he served as Contracting and Procurement Manager, overseeing all of the contracting and purchasing (construction, design consultants, other consultants, goods, supplies, and services) for the largest residential landlord in the state. Prior to that he worked for the City of Seattle for more than 21 years, where he administered the City’s construction and consultant contracts as the City’s Contracting Manager.
    • Education: He has a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound, and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.