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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 66 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 66

(By Senators Bowman, Boley, Caruth, Foster, Minard, Palumbo, Snyder, Sypolt, White, Williams and Yost)

[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the overall costs of highway and sewer and water projects in West Virginia, including, but not limited to, the costs associated with the selection of professional engineering and design firms for projects funded by the Division of Highways and/or the Water Development Authority that are not funded by federal funds.

Whereas, The overall costs of completing highway and sewer and water projects in the state has steadily risen; and
Whereas, The qualifications-based selection process is required by federal law and has been in use by the State of West Virginia since 1990 for the purpose of selecting engineering and design firms; and
Whereas, Time and cost savings are critical to the success of any public works project such as highways maintenance and construction and sewer and water development; and
Whereas, Proposed changes to existing procurement law related to engineering and design services could significantly impact numerous state agencies, along with counties and municipalities; and
Whereas, The professional engineering community has maintained its willingness to provide assistance in improving the process of selection and project delivery to taxpayers; and
Whereas, Further review and determination of best practices is merited related to managing overall costs of completing highway and sewer and water projects and the procurement of engineering and design services related thereto and is otherwise necessary before proceeding with changes to existing law; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the overall costs of highway and sewer and water projects in West Virginia, including, but not limited to, the selection of professional engineering and design firms for projects funded by the Division of Highways and Water Development Authority that are not funded by federal funds; and, be it
Further Resolved
, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance
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