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Article - State Finance and Procurement




§13–225.

    (a)    (1)    In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

        (2)    “Payment security” has the meaning stated in § 17-101 of this article.

        (3)    “Performance security” has the meaning stated in § 17-101 of this article.

    (b)    (1)    If a contractor has furnished 100% payment security and 100% performance security in accordance with Title 17, Subtitle 1 of this article under a State procurement contract for construction, the percentage specified in the contract for retainage may not exceed 5% of the total amount.

        (2)    In addition to retainage, a primary procurement unit and the Maryland Transportation Authority may withhold from payments otherwise due a contractor any amount that the unit reasonably believes necessary to protect the State’s interest.

        (3)    Retainage withheld by a primary procurement unit and the Maryland Transportation Authority may be deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account in accordance with § 15-108 of this article.

    (c)    (1)    A contractor may not retain a percentage of payments due a subcontractor that exceeds the percentage of payments retained by the primary procurement unit or the Maryland Transportation Authority.

        (2)    Paragraph (1) of this subsection may not be construed to prohibit a contractor from withholding any amount in addition to retainage if the contractor determines that a subcontractor’s performance under the subcontract provides reasonable grounds for withholding the additional amount.

    (d)    (1)    A subcontractor may not retain a percentage of payments due a lower tier subcontractor that exceeds the percentage of payments retained from the subcontractor.

        (2)    Paragraph (1) of this subsection may not be construed to prohibit a subcontractor from withholding any amount in addition to retainage if the subcontractor determines that a lower tier subcontractor’s performance under the subcontract provides reasonable grounds for withholding the additional amount.

    (e)    If retainage has been placed in escrow under § 15-108 of this article, each payment of retainage shall include a pro rata portion of interest earned.

    (f)    This section may not be construed to limit the application of the provisions of Title 17, Subtitle 1 of this article.



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