AIA Tennessee opposes this legislation. As introduced, the bill would limit changes of any kind to bid specifications or bid requirements within 48 hours of the bid opening or acceptance.
Responsible design and contracting firms have business practices and procedures that govern how the bidding process is managed. Legal mandates have totally unnecessary and may have unintended consequences. It is not in the best interests of the owners, the design community or contractors.
Frequently, new information needs to be communicated to prospective bidders within the 48 hour time period prior to bid opening. This new information may be the result of questions that potential bidders have asked in order to clarify the terms of the bid. With many jurisdictions, including the state, postponing a bid is not a simple process and may delay the bid opening for several weeks due to requirements to re-advertise the bid.
If the legislation is passed, unnecessary delays to the bidding process may occur, delaying projects, negatively impacting the local economy and causing the loss of jobs.