Prohibits BOCES from providing commercial printing services or direct mail services to third parties, including, but not limited to, school districts.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to preventing boards of cooperative educational services from providing certain services
PURPOSE: To prohibit the state funded BOCES from bidding on contracts or providing commercial printing services and unfairly competing with private New York printing businesses.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law to prohibit boards of cooperative educational services from bidding, quoting contracting or otherwise providing commercial printing services or direct mail printing services.
Section 2 of the bill provides for an effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: The Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is a public organ-Entity and its operation(s) are funded by New York State taxpayers.
When BOCES bids for contracts against local print shops which are often small businesses in our communities and owned by a New York State taxpayers, that person or entity is placed in the unfair position essentially bidding against themselves. The taxpayer subsidized entity often can underbid such businesses because of the use of taxpayer funds. This legislation would prohibit BOCES from bidding on contracts against privately owned businesses in the field of printing.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.8441 of 2009/2010, S.7423 of 2014
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4302 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 11, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to preventing boards of cooperative educational services from providing certain services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law is amended by adding a new paragraph oo to read as follows: OO. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, A BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SHALL BE PROHIBITED FROM BIDDING, QUOTING, CONTRACTING OR OTHERWISE PROVIDING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES TO THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, FOR COMMERCIAL PRINTING SERVICES OR DIRECT MAIL PRINTING SERVICES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07283-01-5