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SB-1510 Contracts.(2011-2012)

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Senate Bill No. 1510
CHAPTER 421

An act to amend Section 14837 of the Government Code, and to amend Section 999 of the Military and Veterans Code, relating to contracts.

[ Approved by Governor  September 21, 2012. Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 2012. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1510, Wright. Contracts.
(1) The Small Business Procurement and Contract Act requires the Director of General Services and the heads of other state agencies that enter into contracts for the provision of goods, services, and information technology and for the construction of state facilities to establish goals for the participation of small businesses in these contracts, to provide for a small business preference in the award of these contracts, to give special consideration and special assistance to small businesses, and, whenever possible, to make awards to small businesses, as specified. The act authorizes the director to set standards, established by regulation, for a certified small business or microbusiness to contribute to the fulfillment of contract requirements by performing a commercially useful function, as defined.
This bill would modify the definition to include additional conditions under which a certified small business or microbusiness is deemed to perform a commercially useful function.
(2) The California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program addresses the special needs of disabled veterans by assisting state procurement authorities in meeting or exceeding the disabled veteran enterprise participation goal of 3% for procurement contracts. The program defines terms for its purposes, including, but not limited to, the term “commercially useful function.”
This bill would modify the definition to include additional conditions, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14837 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14837.
 As used in this chapter:
(a) “Department” means the Department of General Services.
(b) “Director” means the Director of General Services.
(c) “Manufacturer” means a business that meets both of the following requirements:
(1) It is primarily engaged in the chemical or mechanical transformation of raw materials or processed substances into new products.
(2) It is classified between Codes 31 to 33, inclusive, of the North American Industry Classification System.
(d) (1) “Small business” means an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, the principal office of which is located in California, the officers of which are domiciled in California, and which, together with affiliates, has 100 or fewer employees, and average annual gross receipts of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 100 or fewer employees.
(2) “Microbusiness” is a small business which, together with affiliates, has average annual gross receipts of two million five hundred thousand dollars ($2,500,000) or less over the previous three years, or is a manufacturer, as defined in subdivision (c), with 25 or fewer employees.
(3) The director shall conduct a biennial review of the average annual gross receipt levels specified in this subdivision and may adjust that level to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index for all items. To reflect unique variations or characteristics of different industries, the director may establish, to the extent necessary, either higher or lower qualifying standards than those specified in this subdivision, or alternative standards based on other applicable criteria.
(4) Standards applied under this subdivision shall be established by regulation, in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2, and shall preclude the qualification of businesses that are dominant in their industry. In addition, the standards shall provide that the certified small business or microbusiness shall provide goods or services that contribute to the fulfillment of the contract requirements by performing a commercially useful function, as defined below:
(A) A certified small business or microbusiness is deemed to perform a commercially useful function if the business does all of the following:
(i) Is responsible for the execution of a distinct element of the work of the contract.
(ii) Carries out its obligation by actually performing, managing, or supervising the work involved.
(iii) Performs work that is normal for its business services and functions.
(iv) Is responsible, with respect to products, inventories, materials, and supplies required for the contract, for negotiating price, determining quality and quantity, ordering, installing, if applicable, and making payment.
(v) Is not further subcontracting a portion of the work that is greater than that expected to be subcontracted by normal industry practices.
(B) A contractor, subcontractor, or supplier will not be considered to perform a commercially useful function if the contractor’s, subcontractor’s, or supplier’s role is limited to that of an extra participant in a transaction, contract, or project through which funds are passed in order to obtain the appearance of small business or microbusiness participation.
(e) “Disabled veteran business enterprise” means an enterprise that has been certified as meeting the qualifications established by subdivision (g) of Section 999 of the Military and Veterans Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 999 of the Military and Veterans Code is amended to read:

999.
 (a) This article shall be known as, and may be cited as, the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program. The California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program is established to address the special needs of disabled veterans seeking rehabilitation and training through entrepreneurship and to recognize the sacrifices of Californians disabled during military service. It is the intent of the Legislature that every state procurement authority honor California’s disabled veterans by taking all practical actions necessary to meet or exceed the disabled veteran business enterprise participation goal of a minimum of 3 percent of total contract value.
(b) As used in this article, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Administering agency” means the Treasurer in the case of contracts for professional bond services, and the Department of General Services’ Office of Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Services, in the case of contracts governed by Section 999.2.
(2) “Awarding department” means a state agency, department, governmental entity, or other officer or entity empowered by law to issue bonds or enter into contracts on behalf of the state.
(3) “Bonds” means bonds, notes, warrants, certificates of participation, and other evidences of indebtedness issued by, or on behalf of, the state.
(4) “Contract” includes any agreement or joint agreement to provide professional bond services to the State of California or an awarding department. “Contract” also includes any agreement or joint development agreement to provide labor, services, materials, supplies, or equipment in the performance of a contract, franchise, concession, or lease granted, let, or awarded for, and on behalf of, the state.
(5) (A) “Contractor” means any person or persons, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, or any sole proprietorship, firm, partnership, joint venture, corporation, or combination thereof that submits a bid and enters into a contract with a representative of a state agency, department, governmental entity, or other officer empowered by law to enter into contracts on behalf of the state. “Contractor” includes any provider of professional bond services who enters into a contract with an awarding department.
(B) “Disabled veteran business enterprise contractor, subcontractor, or supplier” means any person or entity that has been certified by the administering agency pursuant to this article and that performs a “commercially useful function,” as defined below, in providing services or goods that contribute to the fulfillment of the contract requirements:
(i) A person or an entity is deemed to perform a “commercially useful function” if a person or entity does all of the following:
(I) Is responsible for the execution of a distinct element of the work of the contract.
(II) Carries out the obligation by actually performing, managing, or supervising the work involved.
(III) Performs work that is normal for its business services and functions.
(IV) Is responsible, with respect to products, inventories, materials, and supplies required for the contract, for negotiating price, determining quality and quantity, ordering, installing, if applicable, and making payment.
(V) Is not further subcontracting a portion of the work that is greater than that expected to be subcontracted by normal industry practices.
(ii) A contractor, subcontractor, or supplier will not be considered to perform a “commercially useful function” if the contractor’s, subcontractor’s, or supplier’s role is limited to that of an extra participant in a transaction, contract, or project through which funds are passed in order to obtain the appearance of a disabled veteran business enterprise participation.
(6) “Disabled veteran” means a veteran of the military, naval, or air service of the United States, including, but not limited to, the Philippine Commonwealth Army, the Regular Scouts, “Old Scouts,” and the Special Philippine Scouts, “New Scouts,” who has at least a 10-percent service-connected disability and who is domiciled in the state.
(7) (A) “Disabled veteran business enterprise” means a business certified by the administering agency as meeting all of the following requirements:
(i) It is a sole proprietorship at least 51 percent owned by one or more disabled veterans or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of its stock is unconditionally owned by one or more disabled veterans; a subsidiary that is wholly owned by a parent corporation, but only if at least 51 percent of the voting stock of the parent corporation is unconditionally owned by one or more disabled veterans; or a joint venture in which at least 51 percent of the joint venture’s management, control, and earnings are held by one or more disabled veterans.
(ii) The management and control of the daily business operations are by one or more disabled veterans. The disabled veterans who exercise management and control are not required to be the same disabled veterans as the owners of the business.
(iii) It is a sole proprietorship, corporation, or partnership with its home office located in the United States, which is not a branch or subsidiary of a foreign corporation, foreign firm, or other foreign-based business.
(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), after the death or the certification of a permanent medical disability of a disabled veteran who is a majority owner of a business that qualified as a disabled veteran business enterprise prior to that death or certification of a permanent medical disability, and solely for purposes of any contract entered into before that death or certification, that business shall be deemed to be a disabled veteran business enterprise for a period not to exceed three years after the date of that death or certification of a permanent medical disability, if the business is inherited or controlled by the spouse or child of that majority owner, or by both of those persons.
(8) “Foreign corporation,” “foreign firm,” or “foreign-based business” means a business entity that is incorporated or has its principal headquarters located outside the United States of America.
(9) “Goal” means a numerically expressed objective that awarding departments and contractors are required to make efforts to achieve.
(10) “Management and control” means effective and demonstrable management of the business entity.
(11) “Professional bond services” include services as financial advisers, bond counsel, underwriters in negotiated transactions, underwriter’s counsel, financial printers, feasibility consultants, and other professional services related to the issuance and sale of bonds.