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AB-657 State government: small business liaisons.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/14/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 657


Introduced by Assembly Member Cunningham

February 14, 2017


An act to amend Section 11148.5 of the Government Code, relating to small business.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 657, as introduced, Cunningham. State government: small business liaisons.
Existing law requires each state agency that significantly regulates small business or significantly impacts small business to designate at least one individual who shall serve as a small business liaison for the agency. Existing law specifies liaison duties that include reviewing and updating content on the agency Web site that is accessible through the small business link at the State of California Internet portal and assisting the agency secretary, department director, or executive officer in ensuring that the procurement and contracting processes of the applicable entity are administered in order to meet or exceed the 25% small business participation goal.
This bill would require a state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business to prominently display the name and contact information of the small business liaison on the agency’s Web site, if the agency has a Web site. The bill would require a state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business to notify the Office of Small Business Advocate within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the Department of General Services within 72 hours of the occurrence of a vacancy in the position of small business liaison. The bill would require the state agency to fill the vacancy within 6 months after providing the required notice. The bill also would make other, nonsubstantive changes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 11148.5 of the Government Code is amended to read:

11148.5.
 (a) Each A state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business shall designate at least one person who shall serve as a small business liaison. The agency shall utilize existing personnel and resources to perform the duties of small business liaison.
(b) Each A state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business shall widely publicize the position of small business liaison in appropriate agency publications and by prominently displaying the name and contact information of the small business liaison on the agency’s Web site if the agency has a Web site.
(c) The small business liaison shall be responsible for all of the following:
(1) Receiving and responding to complaints received by the agency from small businesses.
(2) Providing technical advice and assisting small businesses in resolving problems and questions regarding compliance with the agency’s regulations and relevant statutes.
(3) Reporting small business concerns and, where if appropriate, reporting recommendations to the agency secretary or to the agency head, as defined in Section 11405.50. 11405.40.
(4) Reviewing and updating, on a semiannual basis, content on the agency Web site that is accessible through the small business link provided on the State of California Internet portal pursuant to Section 11541.5.
(5) Assisting the agency secretary, department director, or executive officer, as applicable, in ensuring that the procurement and contracting processes of the applicable entity are administered in order to meet or exceed the 25 percent small business participation goal, and developing and sharing innovative procurement and contracting practices from the public and private sectors to increase opportunities for small businesses.
(d) The small business liaison shall not advocate for or against the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any regulation or intervene in any pending investigation or enforcement action.
(e) A state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business shall notify the Office of Small Business Advocate within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the Department of General Services within 72 hours of the occurrence of a vacancy in the position of small business liaison. The state agency shall fill the vacancy within six months after providing the notice.

(e)

(f) For purposes of this section, “small business” has the same meaning as set forth in Section 14837.