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Bill S6595-2013

Requires bids to be published on a designated state website

Relates to publishing advertisements for bids in the procurement opportunities newsletter.

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  • Feb 11, 2014: REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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BILL NUMBER:S6595

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring bids to be published on a designated state website

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To increase the efficiency of the public bidding process and lower costs for schools and local governments by expanding the number of bidders on contracts that require a bidding process.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Sections 1 and 2 amend subdivision 2 of Section 103 of the General Municipal Law to require political subdivisions to post bids for goods and services on a state website designated by the Office of the State Comptroller in addition to publishing in official newspapers.

Section 3 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: School districts and other local governments must competitively bid all purchase contracts of $20,000 or more and all public works contracts of $35,000 or more. In order to help reduce costs for schools and local governments and expand the number of bidders on such contracts, a state designated website would be established where all advertisements for bids would be posted.

A website accessible to contractors and vendors from around the state, in addition to notifications published in official local newspapers, would draw more competition and responses to bids thereby lowering costs for school districts, local governments, and their taxpayers.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATION: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, with provisions.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6595 IN SENATE February 11, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to amend the general municipal law, in relation to requiring bids to be published on a designated state website THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 2 of section 103 of the general municipal law, as amended by section 4 of chapter 608 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 2. Advertisement for bids and offers shall be published ON A WEBSITE DESIGNATED BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND in the official newspaper or newspapers, if any, or otherwise in a newspaper or newspa- pers designated for such purpose. Such advertisement shall contain a statement of the time when and place where all bids received pursuant to such notice will be publicly opened and read and where the identity of all offerers will be publicly disclosed, and the designation of the receiving device if the political subdivision or district has authorized the receipt of bids and offers in an electronic format. Such board or agency may by resolution designate any officer or employee to open the bids and offers at the time and place specified in the notice. Such designee shall make a record of such bids and offers in such form and detail as the board or agency shall prescribe and present the same at the next regular or special meeting of such board or agency. All bids received shall be publicly opened and read at the time and place so specified and the identity of all offerers shall be publicly disclosed at the time and place so specified. At least five days shall elapse between the first publication of such advertisement and the date so specified for the opening and reading of bids and offers. S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 103 of the general municipal law, as amended by section 5 of chapter 608 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: 2. Advertisement for bids and offers shall be published ON A WEBSITE DESIGNATED BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER AND in the official newspaper or newspapers, if any, or otherwise in a newspaper or newspa-
pers designated for such purpose. Such advertisement shall contain a statement of the time when and place where all bids received pursuant to such notice will be publicly opened and read and where the identity of all offerers will be publicly disclosed. Such board or agency may by resolution designate any officer or employee to open the bids and offers at the time and place specified in the notice. Such designee shall make a record of such bids and offers in such form and detail as the board or agency shall prescribe and present the same at the next regular or special meeting of such board or agency. All bids received shall be publicly opened and read at the time and place so specified and the identity of all offerers shall be publicly disclosed at the time and place so specified. At least five days shall elapse between the first publication of such advertisement and the date so specified for the opening and reading of bids and offers. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend- ments to subdivision 2 of section 103 of the general municipal law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and rever- sion of such subdivision pursuant to subdivision (a) of section 41 of part X of chapter 62 of the laws of 2003, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.

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