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GSBE Weekly Update 02/28/2018

SB 825 State prisons: pre-apprenticeship program

GSBE Golden State Builders ExchangesSB 825, as amended, Beall. State prisons: pre-apprenticeship program.

(1) Existing law establishes a system of state prisons under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Existing law authorizes the department to institute various programs for inmates, including programs for education and job training.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would create a pre-apprenticeship program in the California state prisons. require the department to develop guidelines for inmate participation in pre-apprenticeship training programs, as specified. The bill would also require the department to coordinate with local state-approved apprenticeship programs and local building trade councils so that inmates who complete an inmate pre-apprenticeship program have a pathway to employment upon release.

(2)  Existing law authorizes the Department of General Services, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and various local agencies to use the design-build procurement process for specified public works under different laws.

This  bill  would  authorize  the  Department  of  Corrections  and Rehabilitation  to  award  contracts  for  construction  projects  over $500,000 using the design-build contracting process or construction manager at-risk contracts, as defined, if, on or before September 30,b2019, the department enters into a 10-year community workforce agreement with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California that applies to all construction contracts over $500,000. The bill would require the community workforce agreement to include provisions to encourage work opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals who have completed an inmate pre-apprenticeship program and that support hiring opportunities for women and military service veterans. The bill would authorize the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to renew or modify the agreement for

5-year terms.


AB 3222 Public works: prevailing wages

AB 3222, as introduced, O’Donnell. Public works: prevailing wages. Existing law defines “public works,” for the purposes of regulating public works contracts, as, among other things, construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under contract and paid for, in whole or in part, out of public funds. Existing law further requires that, except as specified, not less than the general prevailing rate of per diem wages be paid to workers employed on public works and imposes

misdemeanor penalties for a willful violation of this requirement.

This bill would expand the definition of “public works,” for the purposes of provisions relating to the prevailing rate of per diem wages, to also include any construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or repair work done under private contract on a project for a charter school, as defined, when the project is paid for, in whole or in part, with the proceeds of conduit revenue bonds, as defined, that were issued on or after January 1, 2019.

Because the willful violation of prevailing wage requirements, when engaged in these public works projects, would result in the imposition of misdemeanor penalties, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.