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Senate Bill 0359

ARCHIVE (2006)

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DIGEST OF SB 359 (Updated March 14, 2006 6:00 pm - DI 75)

Procurement and state public works. Provides that advance payment may be made for equipment or software acquired by a state agency, regardless of cost, with the prior approval of the budget agency under certain circumstances. Provides discretion to determine when retainage on a state public works contract should be placed in an escrow account. Provides that certain bid, performance, and payment bond and retainage requirements do not apply to railroad projects of a commuter transportation district. Requires contractors and subcontractors on state public works projects to implement employee drug testing programs. Establishes a negotiated bidding process for procurement of supplies by the executive branch of state government under which the purchasing agency may conduct discussions with bidders before awarding a contract under an invitation for bids to obtain a best and final offer. Requires a purchasing agency to maintain a bid register documenting the purchasing agency's negotiations with bidders. Makes technical changes to the statute authorizing reverse auctions. Eliminates the requirement for a purchasing agent in the executive branch to make a written determination as a condition to award a contract using an RFP. Permits a purchasing agency in the executive branch to use information obtained from an offeror's proposal in discussions with other offerors under certain circumstances. Provides that an information technology, life sciences, transportation, or logistics business that employs more than 100 persons or that has annual sales of more than $5,000,000 is not eligible for a small business preference. Repeals a statute that prohibits the use of a reverse auction to purchase certain construction equipment. Makes technical changes.
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