The Georgia House unanimously approved a bill that would get
tough with road contractors who cause construction delays. The bill has been
forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.
Sponsored by Rep. Ben Harbin, R-Evans, the bill would
prevent companies that fall more than 25 percent behind on public works or
state Transportation Department construction contracts from bidding on new
projects. The bill clarifies the delay would need to be the contractors' fault.
Reasons beyond the contractors control would not apply, The Augusta Chronicle reported.
Harbin said the protection for the state is needed to make
sure contracts are completed in a timely manner.
Another bill advancing through the Capitol would hold
utility companies' feet to the fire on road work. Sponsored by Sen. Jim
Whitehead, R-Evans, the bill would hold utility companies responsible for
construction delays if they don't move their lines quickly enough. Companies
found in violation would be responsible for paying road contractors.
The bill - SB19 - has advanced from the Senate to the House
Transportation Committee. Harbin's bill - HB202 - is in the Senate