2009 - 2010 LEGISLATURE
January 14, 2010 - Introduced by Representatives Molepske Jr., Clark, Gottlieb,
Zipperer, Honadel, Townsend, Gunderson, A. Ott and Kerkman, cosponsored
by Senators Plale, Taylor, Lehman, Hansen, Kedzie, Lassa, Kreitlow,
Schultz, Wirch and
Decker. Referred to Committee on Jobs, the Economy
and Small Business.
1An Act to create
66.0902 of the statutes; relating to: requiring local units of
2government to use the qualifications-based selection process for certain public
3works consulting contracts.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the use of a new method for the selection of a consultant by
any city, village, town, or county (political subdivision), including a first class city,
which is presently only Milwaukee, special purpose district, including a school
district, or subunit (local governmental unit) if the consultant is required for a project
that relates to certain public works contracts including the inspection of local
bridges. Generally, under the bill, a local governmental unit is required to hire a
consultant for a project based only on the consultant's qualifications.
A consultant is defined under the bill as a person who provides architectural
services, engineering services, land surveying services, landscape architecture
services, photogrammetric services, or professional geology services for a project. A
project under the bill is a project of a local governmental unit that requires a
consultant and relates to the planning, study, design, or construction inspection or
administration of the public work or building, the total cost of which is estimated by
a local governmental unit to be at least $250,000 and that will be funded to some
extent by the state government. A consultant's services on a project are separate,
however, from the contract for the actual construction, repair, remodeling, or
improvement of the public work or building. The value estimate and state funding
requirements do not apply to local bridge inspections, however.
The bill requires a local governmental unit to create a procedure to solicit
proposals from consultants for projects, but the proposals may not contain any
information on proposed fees, level of efforts, or costs. The local governmental unit
must rank the consultants based on the consultants' qualifications as described in
their proposals. The proposals must contain certain information about the
consultants, including their specialized experience, capabilities, and technical
competence; their quality of work and ability to meet schedules; and their proposed
method of project management.
After the local governmental unit ranks the consultants, it must enter into
negotiations with the highest ranked consultant to finalize the terms of the contract,
including the fees, level of efforts, and costs. If the local governmental unit and
consultant are unable to reach an agreement, the local governmental unit must enter
into negotiations with the next highest ranked consultants, in order of their ranking,
until a contract is finalized. If no agreement is reached with any of the consultants,
the local governmental unit may retain a consultant for the project under any other
The provisions created in the bill do not apply to a project that is needed to
protect public health or welfare due to an emergency situation. Also under the bill,
a local governmental unit may enter into a contract with a consultant with whom it
has an established relationship, and who has previously provided similar services,
without evaluating proposals from other consultants.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB654, s. 1
66.0902 of the statutes is created to read:
266.0902 Qualifications-based selection; engineering, architecture,
3and land surveying contracts. (1) Definitions.
In this section:
(a) "Architectural services" means the provision of services that consist of the 5
practice of architecture, as defined in s. 443.01 (5).
(b) "Consultant" means any person who provides architectural services, 7
engineering services, land surveying services, landscape architecture services, 8
photogrammetric services, or professional geology services.
(c) "Engineering services" means the provision of services that consist of the 10
practice of professional engineering, as defined in s. 443.01 (6).
(d) "Landscape architecture services" means the provision of services that 2
consist of landscape architecture, as defined in s. 443.01 (3r).
(e) "Land surveying services" means the provision of services that consist of 4
land surveying, as defined in s. 443.01 (4).
(f) "Level of effort" means the number of hours a consultant spends, or purposes 6
to spend, on a project, broken down by the number of hours spent on the specific tasks 7
of the project.
(g) "Local governmental unit" means a political subdivision of this state, a 9
special purpose district in this state, an agency or corporation of a political 10
subdivision or special purpose district, or a combination or subunit of any of the 11
foregoing charged with procuring the services of a consultant.
(h) "Photogrammetric services" means activities associated with measuring, 13
locating, and preparing maps, charts, or other graphical or digital presentations 14
depicting natural or man made features, phenomena, and legal boundaries of the 15
earth including surveys, maps, charts, remote sensing data, and images, and aerial 16
(i) "Political subdivision" means any city, village, town, or county.
(j) "Professional geology services" means the provision of services that consist 19
of the practice of professional geology, as defined in s. 470.01 (2).
(k) "Project" means any project of a local governmental unit that is related to 21
a public work or building to which all of the following apply:
1. The total cost of the complete project is estimated by the governing body of 23
the local governmental unit to be at least $250,000.
2. The state government provides some amount of financial assistance to the 25
3. The services of a consultant are required for the planning, study, design, or 2
construction inspection or administration of the public work or building, but are 3
separate from the contract for the actual construction, repair, remodeling, or 4
improvement of the public work or building.
5(2) Qualifications-based selection
. (a) Except as provided in sub. (4), for any 6
project undertaken by a local governmental unit, the consultant that must be hired 7
may be selected only on the basis of the consultant's qualifications, as determined 8
under this subsection.
(b) A local governmental unit shall develop a procedure to solicit proposals from 10
consultants for projects, and shall rank the proposals according to the qualifications 11
of the consultants. The proposals may not include any fees or costs for the proposed 12
project, and the local governmental unit may not solicit fee, level of effort, or cost 13
information from consultants except as provided in sub. (3).
(c) To determine the qualifications of a consultant, the local governmental unit 15
shall require that a proposal submitted for a project contain at least all of the 16
following information about the consultant:
1. Its specialized experience, capabilities, and technical competence to meet the 18
2. Its resources that are available to perform the required work, including any 20
specialized services, within the time limits specified by the local governmental unit.
3. Its proposed approach to meet the project requirements and its proposed 22
methods of project management.
4. The quality of its past work, its ability to meet schedules, and its cost control 24
and contract administration practices.
5. Its proximity to, and familiarity with, the project location.
(a) Following the receipt and ranking of the proposals, a local 2
governmental unit shall negotiate with the highest ranked consultant to specify the 3
terms of the contract, including costs, level of effort, and fees.
(b) If the local governmental unit and the selected consultant are unable to 5
negotiate a contract at a fee that is acceptable to the local governmental unit, the 6
local governmental unit shall terminate negotiations with the consultant by written 7
notification. Subject to sub. (4), the local governmental unit shall then commence 8
negotiations with as many of the other consultants as necessary, as provided in this 9
subsection and in the order of their ranking, until a contract is entered into.
(a) If a local governmental unit is unable to enter into a 11
contract with a consultant under sub. (3), it may retain a consultant for the project 12
under any other method that is authorized by law.
(b) The procedures and requirements for selecting consultants under this 14
section do not apply for the repair and reconstruction of any public work or building 15
when damage or threatened damage to the public work or building creates an 16
emergency, as determined by resolution of the governing body of the local 17
governmental unit, in which the public health or welfare of the local governmental 18
unit is endangered. Whenever the governing body of the local governmental unit 19
determines by majority vote at a regular or special meeting that an emergency no 20
longer exists, this paragraph no longer applies.
(c) If a local governmental unit has an established relationship with a 22
consultant who previously has provided similar services to the local governmental 23
unit, the local governmental unit may solicit a proposal for another project directly 24
from that consultant without soliciting proposals from other consultants.
1(5) Local bridge inspections.
If a local authority hires a consultant for 2
inspecting highway bridges under s. 84.17 (3) (b), the provisions of this section apply 3
to the hiring of the consultant, except that the provisions specified in sub. (1) (k) 1. 4
and 2. do not apply.
(1) This act first applies to a project, the proposals for which are solicited on the 7
effective date of this subsection.