Construction Industry Legislation for 2012

By Christopher Solop

There are only two pieces of construction related legislation that passed during the 2012 session worthy of mention.  The first piece of legislation is HB 1301.  Click here to see HB 1301. This bill amends Miss. Code Ann. § 85-7-185 to add the requirement that an owner or contractor furnish a copy of a payment bond when requested by a subcontractor or supplier.  The second bill is SB 2902.  Click here to see SB 2902.  This bill makes it a misdemeanor for a contractor to negotiate a joint check "tendered in payment for material or equipment furnished or labor performed" without the authorization of the other party.  The offending contractor could also be fined up to $500.00, ordered to make full restitution and be required to pay the attorney’s fees.