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Senate Bill No. 679

Public Act No. 08-154

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PAYMENT OF CERTAIN COSTS FROM BOND FUNDS AND THE CREATION OF A RECIPROCAL PREFERENCE STATUTE.

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

Section 1. Subsection (l) of section 4b-23 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(l) The Commissioner of Public Works shall monitor the amount of leased space being requested and the costs of all proposed and approved facility project actions and, in the case of space or facility projects for which bond funds were authorized, shall advise the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the Governor when the space to be leased or the forecast costs to complete the project exceed the square footage amount or the cost levels in the approved state facility plan by ten per cent or more. Approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Properties Review Board, the State Bond Commission and the Governor shall be required to continue the project.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) (a) For the purposes of this section, "nonresident bidder" means a business that is not a resident of the state that submits a bid in response to an invitation to bid by a state contracting agency, "resident bidder" means a business that submits a bid in response to an invitation to bid by a state contracting agency and that has paid unemployment taxes or income taxes in this state during the twelve calendar months immediately preceding submission of such bid, has a business address in the state and has affirmatively claimed such status in the bid submission, "contract" means "contract" as defined in section 4e-1 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes and "state contracting agency" means "state contracting agency", as defined in section 4e-1 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of law, in the award of a contract, after the original bids have been received and an original lowest responsible qualified bid is identified, a state contracting agency shall add a per cent increase to the original bid of a nonresident bidder equal to the per cent, if any, of the preference given to such nonresident bidder in the state in which such nonresident bidder resides. If, after application of such per cent increase, the bidder that submits the lowest responsible qualified bid is a resident bidder, the state contracting agency shall award such contract to such resident bidder provided such resident bidder agrees, in writing, to meet the original lowest responsible qualified bid. Any such agreement by such resident bidder to meet the original lowest responsible qualified bid shall be made not later than seventy-two hours after such resident bidder receives notice from such state contracting agency that such resident bidder may be awarded such contract if such resident bidder agrees to meet the original lowest responsible qualified bid.

(c) Not later than January 1, 2009, and each January thereafter, the State Contracting Standards Board shall publish a list of states that give preference to in-state bidders with the per cent increase applied in each state. Such list shall be made available to all state contracting agencies and may be relied upon by such agencies in determining the lowest responsible bidder.

Approved June 13, 2008