#60 – The Maryland Construction Network

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In today’s episode of the MCN podcast, MCN Podcast 130x130 Brownwe speak with Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D.  Dr. Morhaim represents Maryland’s 11th District in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Dr. Dan has sponsored HB 119, also known as the State Procurement Change Order Fairness Act.

This section illustrates main points of the bill as now currently under consideration:

(A) (1) EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH (2) OF THIS SUBSECTION, THIS SECTION APPLIES TO STATE PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS FOR CONSTRUCTION.

(2) THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO STATE PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION OR PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS.

(B) A UNIT MAY NOT REQUIRE A PRIME CONTRACTOR AND A PRIME CONTRACTOR MAY NOT REQUIRE A SUBCONTRACTOR TO BEGIN CHANGE ORDER WORK UNDER A CONTRACT UNTIL THE PROCUREMENT OFFICER FOR THE UNIT ISSUES A WRITTEN CHANGE ORDER THAT SPECIFIES WHETHER THE WORK IS TO PROCEED ON AN AGREED–TO PRICE, FORCE ACCOUNT, CONSTRUCTION CHANGE DIRECTIVE, OR TIME AND MATERIALS BASIS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT.

(C) IF THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID UNDER AN APPROVED CHANGE ORDER DOES NOT EXCEED $50,000, A UNIT SHALL PAY AN INVOICE FOR WORK PERFORMED AND ACCEPTED UNDER THE CHANGE ORDER AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE CONTRACT WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER THE UNIT RECEIVES THE INVOICE AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH § 15–103 OF THIS SUBTITLE.

(D) WITHIN 5 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF A WRITTEN CHANGE ORDER, A PRIME CONTRACTOR SHALL PROVIDE A SUBCONTRACTOR WITH A COPY OF THE APPROVED CHANGE ORDER AND THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID TO THE SUBCONTRACTOR BASED ON THE PORTION OF THE CHANGE ORDER WORK TO BE COMPLETED BY THE SUBCONTRACTOR.

(E) BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2017, THE BOARD SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS THAT PROVIDE FOR AN EXPEDITED CHANGE ORDER PROCESS FOR CHANGE ORDERS VALUED AT MORE THAN $50,000.

(F) (1) EACH UNIT SHALL ISSUE GUIDELINES FOR THE UNIT’S CHANGE ORDER PROCESS.

(2) THE GUIDELINES ISSUED UNDER PARAGRAPH (1) OF THIS SUBSECTION SHALL BE UPDATED AND REISSUED WHEN ANY CHANGES ARE MADE TO THE UNIT’S CHANGE ORDER PROCESS.

(G) A PROVISION OF THIS SECTION HAS EFFECT ONLY TO THE EXTENT THAT THE PROVISION DOES NOT CONFLICT WITH FEDERAL LAW.

Click Here for the full text of the bill.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT DR. DANmorhaim

  • Dan Morhaim is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, first elected in 1994 and every 4 years since. He serves as House Deputy Majority Leader, on the Health and Government Operations Committee, the Minority Health sub-committee, the Joint Committee on Open Government, and the Joint Committee on Biotech and Technology. He chairs the Government Operations Sub-Committee and chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care Delivery and Finance. He is Co-Chair of the Alliance for Patient Access, a bi-partisan national organization of physicians elected to state office.
  • Board-certified physician: Dan has over 30 years front-line clinical experience treating patients in emergency medicine and internal medicine.
  • Businessperson: He founded and built medical group practice that grew to over 90 doctors at 6 hospitals.
  • Academic: Dan is on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches, directs an annual lecture series, does research, and writes articles. He’s also on the faculty at the University of Maryland Medical School
  • Author: Dan’s book “The Better End: Surviving (and Dying) on Your Own Terms in Today’s Modern Medical World” (Hopkins University Press) has earned excellent reviews and endorsements from Maya Angelou, Dr. Ben Carson, Hopkins Dean Dr. Michael Klag, and others. The book helps people manage serious illness and end-of-life care in a positive and informed manner. See www.thebetterend.com.

Dr. Morhaim is an advocate for legislation to enhance the business climate in our state and improve the efficiency of interaction between business and government. To learn more about Dr. Morhaim, please visit his website – http://drdanmorhaim.com/. While there, sign-up to receive his e-newsletter so you can keep informed about this and other important issues in the state.

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