Minority Business Enterprise, Department of; enhancement measures for small, etc., businesses. (SB691)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Minority Business Enterprise; small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses; enhancement or remedial measures.  Requires state contracts awarded pursuant to enhancement or remedial measures implemented to enhance participation by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses to include a requirement that no more than 60 percent of the work be subcontracted to another contractor except under certain circumstances. The bill authorizes the Department of Minority Business Enterprise to investigate complaints that the business has violated the contract provision and authorizes the Director to revoke the business's certification as a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business for a period of one year upon determination that the contract provision has been violated. The bill also provides that any enhancement or remedial measure require the state agency to solicit bids from all qualified vendors and not be limited to bids submitted by small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Under the bill, any enhancement or remedial measure cannot exceed three percent of the total value of all vendor contracts calculated against the costs of accepting the lowest competent and qualifying bids. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/22/2010Presented and ordered printed 10104258D
01/22/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB691)
02/03/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Committee substitute printed 10104899D-S1
02/03/2010Rereferred to Finance
02/08/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB691S1)
02/16/2010Left in Finance


CG2 Consulting, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill would substantially undermine the effectiveness of the SWAM program in remedying historic under-utilization of SWAM businesses.