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  • NJ A1497
  • Reestablishes and revises public contract set-aside program.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill reestablishes and revises the State's minority business and women business public contract set-aside programs. Specifically, the bill: increases the goals for the percentages of contracts to be set aside for minority businesses from 7% to 10%, and women businesses from 3% to 5%; provides that when a sufficient number of minority businesses or female businesses are not available to meet the goals established for these businesses, the minority business and female business goals may be met by awarding a contract to a small business; provides that subsubcontracts will count toward achieving these goals; provides that the Selective Assistance Vendor Information System (SAVI II) database will be expanded and used by both the State and local governments in meeting any set-aside requirements established by law; establishes a uniform process for certification of the qualifications of minority businesses, women businesses, and small businesses for participation in public contract set-aside programs at all levels of government; provides that the Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism Commission will oversee and enforce all public contract set-aside requirements established by law; updates the definition of minority business to reflect racial and ethnic groups against whom a history of discrimination has been sufficiently documented to justify participation in the set-aside program; provides that the head of each State department or contracting agency, as well as the contracting agent of any unit of local government, shall be responsible for meeting all applicable minority business, women business, or small business set-aside goals; provides that a State or local government agency that fails to meet any applicable set-aside goal may be permitted to backlog the unmet goals for one year adding the unmet percentages into the following year's goal and a State or local government agency that fails to meet any applicable set-aside goal for two consecutive years shall have its appropriation for operations withheld by 10% until such a time as it demonstrates that it has met the requirement; and provides that a party awarded any State or local government contract to which a set-aside requirement applies will have 10% of any amount payable to it under the contract withheld until such time as it demonstrates that it has met that requirement.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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