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Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council Provides Clarity on Renewable Energy Project Compliance with Statewide Planning Goals
On August 31, 2023, the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (the “Council”) issued a final order approving a site certificate for the Nolin Hills Wind Power Project (the “Project”), a significant wind, solar, and energy storage facility to be built...
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Meet Me in the Middle: The New Middle Housing Bill Explained
2023 was a landmark session for housing legislation in Washington, responding to an “unprecedented housing crisis” brought on by the shortage in housing supply and the dearth of affordable housing options. Arguably one of the most significant bills p...
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Contract Drafting 101: Implied Warranties and Design Delegation
Important elements of a strong construction contract include implied warranties and design delegation. It is necessary to pay close attention to these concepts to protect against future disputes. When a contractor is confronted by an owner’s claims t...
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Construction Webinar Series: Retainage, Back Charges, and Withholdings—Law and Best Practices in Oregon & Washington
No matter your tier in the construction contracting chain, understanding the nuanced rules and procedures about retainage, back charges, and other payment withholdings is critical to managing cash flow and protecting your bottom line. Notably, Washi...
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Washington Update: Contractor Registration Bonding Requirements Raised
Jul 27, 2023
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The Washington State Legislature decided it was time to increase the bond required for licensing as a general and specialty contractor registration in Washington State. 2SHB 1534 raises the required bond amounts from $12,000 to $30,000 for general co...
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Retention Reform Bill Passed in Washington for Private Construction Projects
Apr 24, 2023
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May 2023 Update: SSB5528 was signed into law on May 9, 2023 by Governor Inslee, completing a near unanimous support for this new retention statute from the construction industry as well as politicians from both sides of the aisle. As the governor me...
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