senate Bill S274

Increases the threshholds for local contracts which must be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Bill Details

Versions:
S274
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Local Government
Law Section:
General Municipal Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S274

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the general municipal law, in relation to the awarding
of contracts, payments by contractors to subcontractors and local
government procurement practices



PURPOSE :
To give local governments more flexibility with respect to contracts.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section one - amends subdivision 1 of section 103 of the general
municipal law, as amended by chapter 741 of the laws of 2005 to make
permanent the existing authorization to use electronic bidding tools
and to raise the competitive bidding thresholds from $10,000 to
$20,000 for commodities and from $20,000 to $50,000 for public works
projects.

Section two - adds three new subdivisions 1-b, 1-c and 16 of section
103 of the general municipal law to allow contracts for services to be
awarded on the basis of "best value" rather than lowest bid; to allow
for purchasing of information technology products and services through
cooperative purchasing under the federal general services
administration information technology schedule 70 or successor
schedules; and to allow localities to purchase materials, equipment
and supplies through certain contracts let by other states and local
governments.

Section three - contains the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION :
This legislation will provide fiscal relief and increased operational
flexibility for local governments by:
(1) making permanent the existing authorization to use electronic
bidding tools;
(2) increasing the competitive bidding thresholds from $10,000 to
$20,000 for commodities and from $20,000 to $50,000 for public works
projects;
(3) allowing contracts for services to be awarded on the basis of
"best value" rather than lowest bid;
(4) allowing purchasing of information technology products and
services through cooperative purchasing under the federal General
Services Administration Information Technology Schedule 70 or
successor schedules; and
(5) allowing localities to purchase materials, equipment and supplies
through. certain contracts let by other states and local governments.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2008: S.7658 Passed Senate - This legislation was also included in the
legislation was included in the 2009-09 Executive budget.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
This legislation would provide fiscal relief and increased operational
flexibility for local governments.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately provided that the amendments to
subdivision 1 of section 103 of the general municipal law made by
section one of this act shall not affect the expiration of such
subdivision and shall be deemed to expire therewith.
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