The Federal Government requires the payment of Prevailing
Wages for all Construction Contracts that have federal
funding that exceeds $2,000, which includes federal, state
and local public works projects. The Federal Davis/Bacon Act
was signed into law by President Hebert Hoover in 1931 and
amended in 1935 with wage conditions and amended again in
1964 to include the consideration of fringe benefits.
Texas adopted a prevailing wage statute in 1933 that was
titled Vernon’s Civil Statutes 5159a and then amended and
re-codified in 1995 to Texas Government Code Chapter 2258.
Chapter 2258 was amended by HB 2625 in the 80th Legislative
Session in 2007. The Legislature removed language that
restricted political subdivisions in the state from adopting
or using the Federal Davis/Bacon Wage Determinations, if the
publication of that survey was over three (3) old. Effective
September 1, 2007, all political subdivisions in the State
of Texas may adopt the Federal Davis/Bacon Wage
Determinations and subsequent modifications without having
to spend taxpayer dollars to conduct new wage surveys.
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