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Illinois House Votes to Pass HB3636 to Amend Mechanics Lien Act

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, Illinois, Mechanics Liens

This afternoon, the Illinois House voted to pass (PDF) HB3636, a bill to amend the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act and overturn the Illinois Supreme Court’s Cypress Creek v. LaSalle Bank (PDF) on the priority of construction mortgages vs. mechanics liens. Already passed by the Illinois Senate, this bill now goes to Governor Quinn for him… Continue Reading

Performance Bonds and Green Building: Interview With Green Building Law Update’s Chris Cheatham

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, District of Columbia, Green Building and Design, States

Chris Birk from SuretyBonds.com recently interviewed Green Building Law Update’s Chris Cheatham about how green building affects performance bonds and the DC green building law.  The interview is informative and I enjoyed listening.  It’s 15 minutes well spent.  Click here to tune-in.      

Green Building: Washington Bill Requires LEED Certification For Sales and Use Tax Deferral

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, Charts, Green Building and Design, States, Washington

A bill was introduced in the Washington State Legislature yesterday that will require LEED certification for sales and use tax deferral on select construction projects. If this bill (SB 6598) becomes law, projects will have to achieve a certain level of LEED certification to qualify for deferral of sales and use tax on materials and… Continue Reading

Proposed Retainage Limits Under Amendments to the Illinois Contractor Prompt Payment Act Don’t Pass; New Mechanics Lien Notice Requirements Do

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, Illinois, Mechanics Liens, States

In this past post I mentioned a bill (HB344) in the Illinois legislature to amend the Illinois Contractor Prompt Payment Act putting caps on retainage under private construction contract and subcontracts.  The legislative session has ended and the bill did not emerge from the Illinois’s Senate Executive Committee and will not be enacted this spring. … Continue Reading

Civil Litigation Cost Reform: Interim Study Published In Great Britain

Posted in Attorneys Fees and Costs, Bills and Proposed Legislation, Countries (Other Than USA), Great Britain

Most British readers already know that Lord Justice Jackson and his panel of assessors issued an interim report earlier this month in their Review of Civil Litigation Costs.  The interim report raises a lot of issues that should interest readers outside Great Britain too, especially in other countries with common judicial systems (e.g., the United… Continue Reading

Minnesota Notice and Opportunity to Repair Law Amendments Vetoed

Posted in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bills and Proposed Legislation, Countries (Other Than USA), Minnesota, Notice and Opportunity to Repair Laws, States

In a post last week I mentioned that the the Minnesota legislature passed bill HF420 amending amendments to Minnesota’s Notice and Opportunity to Repair Law and sent them for Governor Pawlenty to sign.  Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune reported in an article this afternoon that the governor vetoed HF420.  It’s now back to the… Continue Reading

Bill Giving Injured Construction Workers Greater Recovery Against Property Owners Passes Texas House Of Represenantives

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, Insurance, Safety, States, Texas

The Texas House passed a bill (HB1657) in a 73-71 vote and sent it to the Senate.  If enacted, HB1657 will expand the types of claims injured construction workers can recover from property owners under Texas law.    Earlier this year the Texas Supreme Court decided Entergy v. Summers.  Under that case, property owners who buy… Continue Reading

Retainage Limits Under Proposed Amendments to the Illinois Contractor Prompt Payment Act

Posted in Bills and Proposed Legislation, Illinois, Retainage, States

The Illinois Senate is considering a bill to amend the Illinois Contractor Prompt Payment Act (the “Act”) affecting when and how (1) owners pay prime contractors and (2) prime contractors pay their subcontractors. If enacted, this bill (HB 0344) will: Limit retainage on private construction projects to a maximum of 5 percent of payments to… Continue Reading