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SENATE BILL NO. 77
INTRODUCED BY B. KEENAN
BY REQUEST OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
AN ACT EXCLUDING FROM THE PREVAILING WAGE LAWS CONTRACTS ENTERED INTO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR THE PROVISION OF HUMAN SERVICES; AMENDING SECTION 18-2-401, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 18-2-401, MCA, is amended to read:
"18-2-401. Definitions. Unless the context requires otherwise, in this part, the following definitions apply:
(1) A "bona fide resident of Montana" is a person who, at the time of employment and immediately prior to the time of employment, has lived in this state in a manner and for a time that is sufficient to clearly justify the conclusion that the person's past habitation in this state has been coupled with an intention to make it the person's home. Sojourners or persons who come to Montana solely in pursuance of any contract or agreement to perform labor may not be considered to be bona fide residents of Montana within the meaning and for the purpose of this part.
(2) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of labor and industry provided for in 2-15-1701.
(3) (a) "Construction services" means work performed by an individual in construction, heavy construction, highway construction, and remodeling work.
(b) The term does not include:
(i) engineering, superintendence, management, office, or clerical work on a public works contract; or
(ii) consulting contracts, contracts with commercial suppliers for goods and supplies, or contracts with professionals licensed under state law.
(4) "Department" means the department of labor and industry provided for in 2-15-1701.
(5) "District" means a prevailing wage rate district established as provided in 18-2-411.
(6) "Heavy and highway construction wage rates" means wage rates, including fringe benefits for health and welfare and pension contributions, that meet the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and other bona fide programs approved by the United States department of labor and travel allowance that are determined and established statewide for heavy and highway construction projects, such as alteration or repair of roads, streets, highways, alleys, runways, trails, parking areas, or utility rights-of-way.
(7) "Nonconstruction services" means work performed by an individual, not including management, office, or clerical work, for:
(a) the maintenance of publicly owned buildings and facilities, including public highways, roads, streets, and alleys;
(b) custodial or security services for publicly owned buildings and facilities;
(c) grounds maintenance for publicly owned property;
(d) the operation of public drinking water supply, waste collection, and waste disposal systems;
(e) law enforcement, including janitors and prison guards;
(f) fire protection;
(g) public or school transportation driving;
(h) nursing, nurse's aid services, and medical laboratory technician services;
(i) material and mail handling;
(j) food service and cooking;
(k) motor vehicle and construction equipment repair and servicing; and
(l) appliance and office machine repair and servicing.
(8) (a) "Public works contract" means a contract for construction services or nonconstruction services let by the state, county, municipality, school district, or political subdivision in which the total cost of the contract is in excess of $25,000.
(b) The term does not include contracts entered into by the department of public health and human services for the provision of human services.
(9) (a) "Standard prevailing rate of wages" or "standard prevailing wage" means:
(i) the heavy and highway construction wage rates applicable to heavy and highway construction projects; or
(ii) those wages, other than heavy and highway construction wages, including fringe benefits for health and welfare and pension contributions, that meet the requirements of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 and other bona fide programs approved by the United States department of labor and travel allowance that are paid in the district by other contractors for work of a similar character performed in that district by each craft, classification, or type of worker needed to complete a contract under this part. In each district, the standard prevailing rate of wages must be computed from a weighted average wage rate based on all of the hours worked on work of a similar character performed in the district unless the survey of employers in the district does not generate sufficient data. If the survey produces insufficient data, the rate may be established by the use of other information or methods that the commissioner determines fairly establish the standard prevailing rate of wages. The commissioner shall establish by rule the method or methods by which the standard prevailing rate of wages is determined. The rules must establish a process for determining if there is insufficient data generated by a survey of employers in the district that requires the use of other methods of determining the standard prevailing rate of wages. The rules must identify the amount of data that constitutes insufficient data and require the commissioner of labor to use other methods of determining the standard prevailing rate of wages when insufficient data exists. The alternative methods of determining the prevailing rate of wages must provide for review and the incorporation of data from work of a similar character that is conducted as near as possible to the original district.
(b) When work of a similar character is not being performed in the district, the standard prevailing rate of wages, including fringe benefits for health and welfare and pension contributions, that meets the requirements of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 and other bona fide programs approved by the United States department of labor and the rate of travel allowance must be those rates established by collective bargaining agreements in effect in the district for each craft, classification, or type of worker needed to complete the contract.
(10) "Work of a similar character" means work on private or commercial projects as well as work on public projects."
Section 2. Effective date -- applicability. [This act] is effective on passage and approval and applies to contracts entered into on or after [the effective date of this act].
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