HB 720 and HB 766 by Rep. Bryan Adams were both
debated on the House floor this week before being returned to the calendar due to questions related to impacts to the public bid law regarding architects and engineers (among others who provide contract services to public bodies. HB 720 authorizes the Board of Supervisors of the Community and Technical College System to enter into contracts with private nonprofit corporations for certain services including the financing, construction, procurement, maintenance, and management of facilities. HB 766 makes several changes to the GRAD Act with regard to operational autonomies for public universities. One change this bill seeks to make is to increase the dollar limit under which institutions have the authority to select architects for professional service contracts. AIA-LA is working to improve language in each of these bills, which are back up for debate on the House floor Monday afternoon, May 11th.