Senate Bill No. 518
(By Senator Chafin)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 24, 2000.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section eleven, article one, chapter
seven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended; and to amend and reenact section
fifteen, article fifteen-a, chapter thirty-one of said code,
all relating to competitive bids; increasing the threshold for
competitive bids by county commissions when purchasing
commodities and printing; and removing the threshold for bids
on infrastructure construction projects.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section eleven, article one, chapter seven of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended and reenacted; and that section fifteen, article fifteen-a,
chapter thirty-one of said code, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 7. COUNTY COMMISSIONS AND OFFICERS.
ARTICLE 1. COUNTY COMMISSIONS GENERALLY.
§7-1-11. Purchasing in open market or competitive bids.
(a) A county
commissions commission may make a purchase of
commodities and printing of five fifteen thousand dollars or less
in amount in the open market, but a purchase of and contract for
commodities and printing over five fifteen thousand dollars shall
be based on competitive bids, except in case of emergency.
(b) The county commission of any county is hereby authorized
and empowered to promulgate rules
and regulations governing the
procedure of competitive bids.
(c) As used in this section, the terms "commodities" and
"printing" shall have the same meaning as those terms are defined
in section one, article one, chapter five-a of this code.
CHAPTER 31. CORPORATIONS.
ARTICLE 15A. WEST VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS DEVELOPMENT
§31-15A-15. Projects not to be considered public improvements;
competitive bid requirements.
(a) No project or infrastructure project acquired,
constructed, maintained or financed, in whole or in part, by the
water development authority shall be considered to be a "public improvement" within the meaning of the provisions of article
five-a, chapter twenty-one of this code, as a result of such
(b) The state and its subdivisions shall, except as provided
this subsection (c), solicit competitive bids and require the
payment of prevailing wage rates as provided in article five-a,
chapter twenty-one of this code for every project or infrastructure
project funded pursuant to this article exceeding twenty-five
thousand dollars in total cost.
Following the solicitation of the bids, the construction
contract shall be awarded to the lowest qualified responsible
bidder, who shall furnish a sufficient performance and payment
bond: Provided, That the state and its subdivisions may reject all
bids and solicit new bids on the project.
Nothing in this subsection applies This section does not:
(1) Apply to work performed on construction or repair projects
not exceeding a total cost of twenty-five thousand dollars by
regular full-time employees of the state or its subdivisions;
nor shall anything in this subsection prevent Prevent
students enrolled in vocational educational schools from being
utilized in the construction or repair projects when such use is a
part of the students' training program;
Nothing in this subsection applies Apply to emergency repairs to building components and systems: Provided, however,
That the the term "emergency repairs" means repairs that if not
made immediately will seriously impair the use of the building
components and systems or cause danger to those persons using the
building components and systems; or
This subsection shall not apply Apply to any situation
where the state or a subdivision thereof comes to an agreement with
volunteers, or a volunteer group, whereby the governmental body
will provide construction or repair materials, architectural,
engineering, technical or any other professional services and the
volunteers will provide the necessary labor without charge to, or
liability upon, the governmental body. Provided further, That the
total cost of the construction or repair projects does not exceed
twenty-five thousand dollars.
(c) (d) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall
not apply to privately owned projects or infrastructure projects
constructed on lands not owned by the state or a subdivision of the