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.…

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

The following is part one of a two part series originally published online in School Construction News on Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

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

False Claims Act Lawsuit By Private Party Requires Governmental Approval

This post was written by Chadd Reynolds and David Cook.

Like many states, Georgia has enacted a False Claims Act, which is an important piece of legislation for public contractors and subcontractors.  The Act is largely similar to the …

Effect of Municipalities’ Ultra Vires Contracts

In several prior blog posts, we discussed the effectiveness of implied-contract claims against public owners, such as counties, school boards, and municipalities.  For instance, prior posts have addressed:

Local Government’s Multi-Year Contract Held Valid in Supreme Court Opinion

In a previous AHC Construction Law Update, we discussed a Court of Appeals opinion that held a school district’s construction contract was not void because it did not violate constitutional or statutory prohibitions against multi-year contracts.  The Supreme Court …

Considerations in Public Owner and Governmental Energy Efficiency Projects

Public owners, such as state agencies, cities and counties, and school districts, are considering the advantages of energy efficiency projects.  The advantages include goodwill in the community, environmental benefits, and utility cost savings.  Such projects can involve an array of …