Georgia State and Local Governments Must Accept Electronic Signatures and Seals on Construction Bonds

Another new procurement-related law requires state and local governments to accept electronic signatures and seals on bonds issued under the state and local public works laws.  Consistent with some of the other rule changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia …

Georgia State and Local Governments Receive Expanded Authority for Conservation Projects

In the 2020-2021 session, the Georgia General Assembly amended existing laws to expand state and local governments’ authority to enter conservation projects.  In connection with these projects, the contractor guarantees that cost savings or revenue increases will cover any …

Part II: Key Provisions of School Facility Construction & Design Contracts

The following article was written by David R. Cook, and was published 13 June by School Construction News. It is reprinted here with permission. Part I, “Key Provisions of School Facility Construction & Design Contracts,” was published 25 April.…

Georgia Legislature Passes Additional Procurement Rules

On May 3, 2018, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 899 into law, officially making it Act 389. Act 389 modifies O.C.G.A. § 13-10-4 and § 36-91-23 relating to public works bidding and contracts of state and local governments, respectively. Both …

New Local Government Procurement Law Requires Consultant Disclosure – UPDATED

In the final hours of Sine Die, the Georgia Legislature passed House Bill 995. This legislation, which is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, is directed to local governments’ procurement matters.  It seeks to ensure transparency and fairness in the procurement …

County Sovereign Immunity Invokes Change-Order Ordinance

The recent case of Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc. addresses two very interesting questions for local government attorneys.  First, can a county ordinance bolster a defense of sovereign immunity against a contractor’s claims?  Second, can a county waive …