Substitute Senate Bill No. 1068

Public Act No. 01-168

AN ACT CONCERNING A POLICY FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERABLE PURCHASES BY STATE AGENCIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (a) As used in this section, "environmentally preferable" means, with regard to products, services or practices, that such products, services or practices have a lesser or reduced negative effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing products, services or practices that serve the same function. "Environmentally preferable products" includes both recycled and recyclable products.

(b) Within available appropriations, the Department of Administrative Services shall establish procedures that promote, to the greatest extent feasible, the procurement and use of recycled products and environmentally preferable products and services by state agencies. The department shall: (1) Designate environmentally preferable products, taking into consideration the raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance or disposal aspects of the product, and establish minimum standards and specifications for their procurement and use; (2) when feasible, include the use of environmentally preferable products and services as a criteria in a multiple criteria bid or an evaluation factor in requests for proposals; and (3) consider the use of environmentally preferable business practices when reviewing the overall performance of a bidder or proposer's business operation. Such procedures shall not be considered "regulations", as defined in section 4-166 of the general statutes.

(c) Within available appropriations, the department shall: (1) Develop and maintain information about environmentally preferable products and services and recycled products; (2) provide assistance with the implementation of the procedures developed pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and provide information to agencies about the use of environmentally preferable products and services; and (3) monitor the use of environmentally preferable products and services and recycled products by state agencies.

Sec. 2. Section 4a-67d of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) [Any car] The fleet average for cars or light duty [truck] trucks purchased by the state shall: [have a manufacturer's estimated mileage rating as follows: On and after July 1, 1993, at least twenty-nine miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for cars and at least twenty-four miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for light duty trucks; on and after January 1, 1997, at least thirty-eight miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for cars and at least thirty miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for light duty trucks and on and after January 1, 2000, at least forty-five miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for cars and at least thirty-five miles per gallon highway gasoline mileage rating for light duty trucks] (1) On and after October 1, 2001, have a United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated highway gasoline mileage rating of at least thirty-five miles per gallon and on and after January 1, 2003, have a United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated highway gasoline mileage rating of at least forty miles per gallon, and (2) comply with the requirements set forth in 10 CFR 490 concerning the percentage of alternative-fueled vehicles required in the state motor vehicle fleet. The alternative-fueled vehicles purchased by the state to comply with said requirements shall be capable of operating on natural gas or electricity or any other system acceptable to the United States Department of Energy that operates on fuel that is available in the state.

(b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to cars or light duty trucks purchased for law enforcement or other special use purposes as designated by the Department of Administrative Services or to cars or light duty trucks purchased by the state and intended for conversion into natural gas or electric-powered vehicles.

(c) As used in this section, the terms "car" and "light duty truck" shall be as defined in the United States Department of Energy Publication DOE/CE -0019/8, or any successor publication.

[(d) At least ten per cent of all cars and light duty trucks purchased by the state in calendar years 1993 and 1994 for purposes other than law enforcement or other special use purposes as designated by the Department of Administrative Services shall be powered by combustion of natural gas or electricity. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply during any period for which the Commissioner of Administrative Services provides a written certification to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management that a suitable natural gas refueling infrastructure is not available or is otherwise not feasible, or, in the case of electric-powered vehicles, that such vehicles are not available in sufficient numbers or at a reasonable cost provided any such certification shall be made quarterly and provided further the commissioner shall implement the provisions of this subsection upon the earliest availability of such infrastructure.]

Sec. 3. Section 4a-67e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[On and after August 1, 1994, all] All recycled xerographic or copy paper purchased by the state for use in state offices shall meet the applicable minimum recycled content standards established in federal Executive Order No. 12873, and any regulations or guidelines promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to carry out the purposes of said order, for purchase of paper by the federal government provided such paper shall have a composition such that at least ten per cent of the fiber material used to produce such paper is derived from postconsumer recovered paper. Any recycled white paper used for state lottery tickets and tax return forms shall meet the standards provided therein for xerographic copy paper provided at least [ten] thirty per cent of the fiber material used to produce such paper is derived from postconsumer recovered paper and further provided the recycled paper for lottery tickets meets lottery security requirements. [On and after January 1, 1994,] All tax return booklets prepared by the Department of Revenue Services shall be printed on recycled paper which meets the minimum recycled content standards for white paper or newsprint, whichever is used in such booklets, established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency provided at least ten per cent of the fiber material used to produce such white paper is derived from postconsumer recovered paper.

Approved July 6, 2001