HBA-CMT H.B. 2237 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2237 By: Moreno, Joe E. Transportation 4/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Design-build contracts and other procedures for contracting and purchases allow for both the design and construction of a facility. This can be both economical and efficient by reducing the time and effort expended in the normal bidding process. Instead of separately hiring contractors, architects, and other businesses to build the facility, entities utilizing the design-build method are able to hire one business to handle all aspects of the construction. Current law allows school districts to accept bids using design-build contracts. House Bill 2237 authorizes port authorities and navigation districts to contract and make purchases using design-build contracts and other procedures for purchases and contracts available to school districts. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2237 amends the Water Code to authorize a navigation district or port authority to make a purchase or enter into a contract valued at $25,000 or more by any method available to a school district under the provisions for purchases and contracts in the Education Code that in the opinion of the port commission provides the best value to the navigation district or port authority. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.