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Mechanics' liens; right to withhold payment.

In House

Latest Action: Feb. 24, 2020
House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)

Chief Patron:
Chap Petersen (D)

2020 Regular Session


As introduced. Mechanics' liens; right to withhold payment.

Specifies that the use of funds paid to a general contractor or subcontractor and used by such contractor or subcontractor before paying all amounts due for labor performed or material furnished gives rise to a civil cause of action for a party who is owed such funds. The bill further specifies that such cause of action does not affect a contractor's or subcontractor's right to withhold payment for failure to properly perform labor or furnish materials and that any contractual provision that allows a party to withhold funds due on one contract for alleged claims or damages due on another contract is void as against public policy. (Less)
  • Bill History

  • 12/30/2019 - Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102138D
  • 12/30/2019 - Senate: Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
  • 01/08/2020 - Senate: Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
  • 01/16/2020 - Senate: Assigned Judiciary sub: Civil Law
  • 01/29/2020 - Senate: Reported from Judiciary (13-Y 0-N 1-A)
  • 01/31/2020 - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
  • 02/03/2020 - Senate: Read second time and engrossed
  • 02/04/2020 - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/18/2020 - House: Placed on Calendar
  • 02/18/2020 - House: Read first time
  • 02/18/2020 - House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 02/21/2020 - House: Assigned Courts sub: Civil
  • 02/24/2020 - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)

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