BILL SUMMARY for SB16-122
SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION
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02:11 PM -- SB16-122
Senator Baumgardner, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-122. The bill requires the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to:
- • undergo a risk-based performance audit conducted by the Office of the State Auditor;
• receive legislative approval, through a bill enacted by the General Assembly, before entering into lease-purchase agreements for real property totaling over $500,000 for the lease term;
• close transportation projects and release money budgeted for such projects within one year or sooner, with certain exceptions;
• report on its public website information related to competitively bid contracts within two weeks of contract awards, including winning bidder, winning bid amount, and whether the bid was the lowest, and, if not, why a higher bid was chosen;
• report annually to the Transportation Commission percentages and total amounts of money budgeted and expended for payments to private sector contractors and total transportation project costs for those completed by CDOT employees, including indirect cost recoveries and employee salaries; and
• report annually to the Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC) the rationale behind any and all amendments to the statewide transportation improvement plan.
02:14 PM -- Maria Sobota and Josh Laipply, representing CDOT, discussed their concerns with the bill. They responded to questions from the committee.
Senator Baumgardner commented about CDOT's concerns. The committee asked further questions.
Committee questioning of the witnesses continued.
02:38 PM -- Bruce Downs, representing Abate of Colorado, testified in support of the bill and provided a written statement (Attachment B).
Senator Baumgardner wrapped up his presentation of the bill and asked for the bill to be laid over to a later date.