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AB-1072 Small businesses: public contracts.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/26/2021 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1072


Introduced by Assembly Member Reyes

February 18, 2021


An act to amend Section 14845 of the Government Code, relating to small businesses.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1072, as amended, Reyes. Small businesses. businesses: public contracts.
Existing law requires the Department of General Services’ small business advocate, using existing resources, to provide certain services, including, but not limited to, actively promoting the availability of certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise suppliers to deliver or provide a broad range of goods and services to governmental agencies through their participation in the California multiple award schedule program, establishing a training and development program for acquisition professionals, including methods for structuring solicitations to enhance the participation of certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises in state contracting, and preparing and making available to the public a directory of certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise suppliers.
This bill would require the small business advocate to additionally conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to small businesses seeking certification to be eligible for additional small business assistance related to these provisions.

Existing law establishes the Office of Small Business Advocate within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for the purpose of advocating for the causes of small business and to provide small businesses with the information they need to survive in the marketplace.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would assist small businesses.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14845 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14845.
 Using existing resources, the Department of General Services’ small business advocate shall, at a minimum, provide the following services:
(a) Assist certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises by providing information regarding all of the following:
(1) Identification of potential certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise subcontractors and potential subcontracting opportunities.
(2) Solicitation protest procedures and timelines.
(3) Prompt payment procedures.
(b) Using existing resources, develop and maintain an outreach and education program to assist certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises to establish the California multiple award schedule. The department shall actively promote the availability of certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise suppliers to deliver or provide a broad range of goods and services to governmental agencies through their participation in the California multiple award schedule program established pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10290) of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code and other types of contracts established by state agencies for repetitively used and commonly needed goods and services.
(c) Whenever the director consolidates the needs of multiple state agencies and establishes a contract for repetitively purchased or commonly needed goods or services, the director shall both encourage bidders to utilize certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise suppliers and subcontractors, and utilize multiple award methods whenever practicable to further ensure that a fair proportion of needed goods and services are obtained from certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises.
(d) Using existing resources, establish a training and development program for acquisition professionals, including methods for structuring solicitations to enhance the participation of certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises in state contracting.
(e) Using existing resources, the department shall establish a recognition and awards program for state employees who make an outstanding contribution to the state’s overall effort to increase the level of certified small business participation in state contracting or certified disabled veteran business enterprise participation in state contracting.
(f) Prepare, and make available to the public, a directory of certified small business and certified disabled veteran business enterprise suppliers.
(g) In its review of state agency acquisitions, the department, as applicable, shall identify areas where improvements in the level of participation of certified small businesses and certified disabled veteran business enterprises in state contracting can be achieved.
(h) Conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to small businesses seeking certification to be eligible for additional small business assistance related to this section.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would assist small businesses.