Amendment #19 to H.3382

Cost Adjustment in Infrastructure Construction Contracts

Mr. Brodeur of Melrose move that the bill be amended at the end thereof, by inserting the following new section:-

“SECTION XX. Section 39 of chapter 30, as appearing in the 2010 official edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, contracts for infrastructure, including, but not limited to road, bridge, water and sewer projects, awarded as a result of proposals or invitation for bids issued under sections 38A½ to 38O, inclusive, of chapter 7; section 11C of chapter 25A; section 39M of this chapter; and sections 44A to 44H, inclusive, of chapter 149, shall include a price adjustment clause for each of the following: fuel, both diesel and gasoline, asphalt, concrete and steel. A base price for each material shall be set by the awarding authority or agency and included in the bid documents at the time a project is advertised. The awarding authority or agency shall also identify in the bid documents the price index to be used for each material or supply. The adjustment clause shall provide for a contract adjustment to be made on a monthly basis when the monthly cost change exceeds +/- 5 per cent.”