|Passed by the House March 11, 2010|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 11, 2010
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SECOND SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1096 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2010 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 02/09/10.
AN ACT Relating to enhancing small business participation in state purchasing; adding a new section to chapter 43.19 RCW; and providing an expiration date.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1 A new section is added to chapter 43.19 RCW
to read as follows:
(1) The legislature finds that it is in the state's economic interest and serves a public purpose to promote and facilitate the fullest possible participation by Washington businesses of all sizes in the process by which goods and services are purchased by the state. The legislature further finds that large businesses have the resources to participate fully and effectively in the state's purchasing system, and because of many factors, including economies of scale, the purchasing system tends to create a preference in favor of large businesses and to disadvantage small businesses. The legislature intends, therefore, to assist, to the maximum extent possible, small businesses to participate in order to enhance and preserve competitive enterprise and to ensure that small businesses have a fair opportunity to be awarded contracts or subcontracts for goods and services purchased by the state.
(2) Purchasing agencies must establish and implement a plan to increase the number of small businesses annually receiving state contracts for goods and services purchased by the state. The goal of the plan must be to have the number of small businesses receiving state contracts in 2012 be at least fifty percent higher, and in 2014 be at least one hundred percent higher, than the number of contracts awarded to small businesses in 2009.
(3) On July 1, 2011, and each July 1st thereafter, the department of general administration, in consultation with the department of information services and the department of transportation, shall report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature on progress in carrying out the plan required by this section. Annual reports must include information about progress in increasing the number of small businesses participating in state contracts, steps taken to meet the goals of the plan, and the characteristics of small businesses that are awarded contracts.
(4) As used in this section:
(a) "Purchasing agencies" are limited to the department of general administration, the department of information services, and the department of transportation.
(b) "In-state business" means a business that has its principal office located in Washington and its officers domiciled in Washington.
(c) "Small business" means an in-state business, including a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or other legal entity, that: (i) Certifies, under penalty of perjury, that it is owned and operated independently from all other businesses and has either (A) fifty or fewer employees, or (B) a gross revenue of less than seven million dollars annually as reported on its federal income tax return or its return filed with the department of revenue over the previous three consecutive years; or (ii) is certified under chapter 39.19 RCW.
(5) This section expires July 1, 2015.