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  • NJ A2403
  • Provides purchasing preference to local and environmentally responsible businesses in awarding of State contracts.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(2/4/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would provide any local and environmentally responsible business that is designated as a "green company," a preference in the awarding of State contracts wherever possible. Under the bill, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the State Treasurer, would designate a business, company, or corporation as a green company if the business, company, or corporation: 1) manufactures products, or provides services, that are environmentally responsible and known to be green or sustainable products or services; 2) uses practices and follows policies that are environmentally responsible and known to be green or sustainable practices and policies; and 3) is located in the State, or within 50 miles of the State. A green company also includes a business, company, or corporation that, pursuant to a purchasing contract with the State, would be selling goods to the State that are manufactured by a designated green company. At the discretion of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection in consultation with the State Treasurer, a green company may also include a business, company, or corporation designated as environmentally responsible pursuant to N.J.S.A.13:1D-148. The bill requires the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property in the Department of the Treasury, the Director of the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury, or any other State agency having authority to contract for the purchase of goods or services, to give preference, wherever possible, to goods and services provided by a green company when entering into or renewing a contract for the purchase of goods or services. The bill further provides that any preference given to a green company would not supersede the preference given to recycled paper and paper products under N.J.S.A.13:1E-99.11 et seq., or other preferences, provided under existing law, for products or services with significant environmental benefit, as determined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The bill specifies that the preference provided under the bill would not apply to: 1) any binding contractual obligations for the purchase of goods or services entered into prior to the date the bill becomes law; 2) bid packages advertised and made available to the public, or to any competitive and sealed bids received by the State, prior to the date the bill becomes law; 3) to any amendment, modification, or renewal of a contract, that was entered into prior to the date this bill became law, where the application would delay timely completion of a project or involve an increase in the total moneys to be paid by the State under that contract; and 4) to a contract for the design, construction, improvement, or maintenance of any public work. Finally, the bill directs the State Treasurer, in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, to establish a procedure for resolving any dispute that may arise from the awarding of a public contract by the State pursuant to the provisions of this bill. This bill would further support State policies to "go green" by providing a purchasing preference to companies known to be environmentally responsible and selling products, providing services, or using practices or policies that further this purpose.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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