While both versions of the bill seek to limit contractor liability related to design defects, the amended Senate version carves out some exceptions for design-build contracts and uses slightly different language concerning the contractor’s duty to disclose design defects.
Additionally, both the House and Senate versions make clear that the legislation does not apply to contracts for the construction or repair of a “critical infrastructure facility.” The Senate version further specifies that the bill would not apply to structures or improvements that are “necessary to the operation of and directly related to the critical infrastructure facility.”
Further, the amended Senate bill states that its proposed changes to the design-defect code would not apply when both 1) the construction, repair, alteration, or remodeling is performed under a design-build contract, and 2) the part of the plans or design for which the contractor is responsible under the contract is the part alleged to be defective.
Both bills are set to take effect on September 1, 2021, if passed by both chambers of the Legislature and signed into law by the governor.
Click here to read the text of HB 219, as substituted and amended by committee.
Click here to read the Senate Research Center’s bill analysis.