Bill S5552B-2013

Relates to local product procurement and a procurement training program for agricultural business

Relates to local product procurement and a procurement training program for agricultural business.

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  • Jun 19, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jun 19, 2014: passed assembly
  • Jun 19, 2014: ordered to third reading rules cal.544
  • Jun 19, 2014: substituted for a7572a
  • Jun 17, 2014: referred to ways and means
  • Jun 17, 2014: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 17, 2014: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 9, 2014: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 3, 2014: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 2, 2014: 1ST REPORT CAL.1078
  • May 28, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 5552B
  • May 28, 2014: AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • May 20, 2014: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • Jan 8, 2014: returned to senate
  • Jan 8, 2014: died in assembly
  • Jun 13, 2013: referred to agriculture
  • Jun 13, 2013: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 13, 2013: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 12, 2013: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1366
  • Jun 12, 2013: COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • May 24, 2013: PRINT NUMBER 5552A
  • May 24, 2013: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • May 17, 2013: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE

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BILL NUMBER:S5552B

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, the economic development law and the state finance law, in relation to local product procurement; and in relation to a procurement training program for agricultural business

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to provide government procurement training to small businesses, including farms, selling New York farm products.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends the Agriculture and Markets Law to provide for procurement training programs in each region of the state for small food and farm businesses selling New York food products. The program may also include counties, municipalities and school districts that may be interested in purchasing locally-sourced food.

Section 2: Amends Economic Development Law to authorize the Department of Economic Development to assist with such training.

Section 3: Amends State Finance Law to authorize the Office of General Services to assist with the training program.

Section 4: States this act shall take effect immediately

JUSTIFICATION:

Under current State Finance Law, and General Municipal Law, state agencies, local governments and school districts are permitted to give a preference to state food producers or processors. It cannot be stated enough how important agriculture is to our state's economy. The agriculture and forestry industries have a combined economic impact of $38 billion on state economic output, and generate 196,200 jobs.

Our current state procurement process does not provide enough support for New York's farmers and small food businesses selling locally gown foods. State agencies and other levels of government can play a vital role in ensuring the continued strength of our agricultural sector. These entities have great purchasing power.

This legislation provides for a training program for small food and farm businesses interested in participating in the procurement process. The Office of General Services, the Department of Economic Development and Department of Agriculture and Markets will work together to provide an annual training program in each of the economic development regions. Such a program will provide these businesses with invaluable information on navigating the procurement process. Additionally, businesses will learn what goods are in demand but not produced in sufficient quantities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5552--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 17, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sens. VALESKY, RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Agri- culture in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, the economic develop- ment law and the state finance law, in relation to local product procurement; and in relation to a procurement training program for agricultural business THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 16 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-d to read as follows: 2-D. COORDINATE WITH THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO PROVIDE A TRAINING PROGRAM ONCE PER YEAR, IN EACH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGION, ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, TO ENCOURAGE AND INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, BY SMALL BUSINESSES, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, INCLUDING FARMS, SELLING FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS GROWN, PRODUCED, HARVESTED, OR PROCESSED IN NEW YORK STATE AND ASSIST SUCH BUSINESSES IN IDENTIFYING SUCH FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS, WHICH MAY HELP TO MEET STATE AGENCIES' NEEDS. THE DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICE MAY ALSO INVITE TO THE REGIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INCLUDING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING NEW YORK STATE FOOD PRODUCTS. S 2. Section 100 of the economic development law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18-i to read as follows:
18-I. TO AID THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES IN PROVIDING A TRAINING PROGRAM ONCE PER YEAR, IN EACH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGION, ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THIS CHAP- TER, TO ENCOURAGE AND INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, BY SMALL BUSI- NESSES, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THIS CHAPTER, INCLUDING FARMS, SELLING FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS GROWN, PRODUCED, HARVESTED, OR PROCESSED IN NEW YORK STATE AND ASSIST SUCH BUSINESSES IN IDENTIFYING SUCH FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS, WHICH MAY HELP TO MEET STATE AGENCIES' NEEDS. S 3. Subparagraphs (vii), (viii), (ix), (x) and (xi) of paragraph b of subdivision 3 of section 163 of the state finance law, subparagraph (vii) as added by chapter 584 of the laws of 2005, and subparagraphs (viii), (ix), (x) and (xi) as added by chapter 137 of the laws of 2008, are amended to read as follows: (vii) ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS AND THE DEPART- MENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PROVIDING A TRAINING PROGRAM ONCE PER YEAR, IN EACH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGION, ESTABLISHED IN ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, TO ENCOURAGE AND INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS, PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, BY SMALL BUSI- NESSES, AS DEFINED IN SECTION ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW, INCLUDING FARMS, SELLING FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS GROWN, PRODUCED, HARVESTED, OR PROCESSED IN NEW YORK STATE AND ASSIST SUCH BUSINESSES IN IDENTIFYING SUCH FOOD OR FOOD PRODUCTS WHICH MAY HELP TO MEET STATE AGENCIES' NEEDS. (VIII) maintain a list of contractors which produce or manufacture or offer for sale environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in the form, function and utility generally used by elementary and secondary schools in accordance with specifications or guidelines promulgated pursuant to section four hundred nine-i of the education law. [(viii)] (IX) review and consider prior to issuance of bid solicita- tions the term of the proposed contract based on factors, including, but not limited to; (A) the nature of the commodity, (B) the complexity of the procurement, (C) the identity and type of purchasers, (D) the suit- ability of the contract for adding additional contractors during the term, and (E) the estimated contract value. This determination shall be documented in the procurement record. [(ix)] (X) reasonably consider aggregate amount of public sales by potential vendors. [(x)] (XI) review and consider the feasibility of creating regional contracts for commodities being procured by the state. [(xi)] (XII) maintain a procurement record for each centralized contract procurement identifying, with supporting documentation, deci- sions made by the commissioner during the procurement process. The procurement record shall include, but not be limited to, each contract amendment, and the justification for each. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately; provided however that the amendments made to subparagraphs (vii), (viii), (ix), (x) and (xi) of paragraph b of subdivision 3 of section 163 of the state finance law by section three of this act shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed repealed therewith.

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