Virginia Public Procurement Act; public body may purchase from contract of Va. Sheriffs' Association (SB1548)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Public Procurement Act; cooperative procurement; Virginia Sheriffs' Association. Provides that a public body may purchase from the contract of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association. Amends § 2.2-4304, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/20/2017Presented and ordered printed 17103671D
01/20/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/03/2017Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2017Placed on Calendar
02/09/2017Read first time
02/09/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/10/2017Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/14/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
02/16/2017Reported from General Laws (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Read second time
02/21/2017Passed by for the day
02/22/2017Passed by for the day
02/23/2017Read third time
02/23/2017Passed House (89-Y 11-N)
02/23/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (89-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2017Enrolled
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1548ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 636 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0636)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge): SECURITY GUARDS, NURSES, OR OTHERS MAY RECEIVE A SNAPSHOT OF THE EMPLOYEE'S BACKGROUND AS OF THE TIME OF THE FINGERPRINT CHECK, WHEN THEY BECOME EMPLOYEES. HERE'S WHAT THAT MEANS. A TEACHER WHO GETS ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR AND MAKES BOND ON A SATURDAY CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL ON A MONDAY. OR ANOTHER EXAMPLE, A NURSE WHO GETS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS CAN


[Unknown]: Reported from the committee on general laws.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from shenandoah, Mr. Gilbert.

Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock): thank you, Mr. Speaker. ladies and gentlemen of the house ladies and gentlemen of the house will allow the virginia sheriff's association to negotiate and provide cap rative purchasing. It would -- cooperative purchasing. Only elected sheriffs are eligible to be members of the sheriff's association. This treats it like the metropolitan council of governments an independent nonprofit association which already enjoys this privilege and I would move the bill pass.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from fairfax, Mr. Bulova.

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax): thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaking to the bill.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman has the floor.

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax): Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentle men of the house, this has nothing to do with the sheriff's association. It has more to do with the transparency in the public procurement process. I always had mixed feelings about cooperative purchase and contract riders. When you think about it, it is kind of a double edged sword for the locality report public body they might get economy to scale and certainly save some administrative costs but in a way it is a little bit on the anticompetitive said for businesses. So if you are a business, particularly a small business and you Miss Out on bidding for a larger contract, chances are you will be locked out with regard to doing business for a lot of other localities and other public agencies. And in fact, over the last couple of years we back tracked on cooperative purchasing. And so you are no longer to do cooperative purchasing for architectural engineering standards. Last year we took out turf fields with regard to cooperative purchasing. The one saving grace when it comes to public agencies, though, is that we know it is subject to our public procurement processes. When you go through the initial exercise you know it was a competitive process and had some kind of notification out there. You know that it is open to foia and you know also I think most importantly it is open to some kind of public audit. This bill really takes us in a whole new direction not withstanding the metropolitan washington council of governments what we are doing here is further privatizing the public procurement process. With this what we are seeing is losing out on and abandoning the principles of public procurement. No longer are we going to have protections from the procurement laws. No longer is there anything that there was a guarantee of that competitive process. That means you less transparency and you have less competition for public dollars. This might seem like a small step but I would hope that everybody would think carefully about the pandora's box that we are opening and the whole range of other nonprofits that might come in next years and the years after to do something lake this. mr. Speaker, I hope that we would not pass this bill.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from virginia beach, Mr. Knight.

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach): Mr. Speaker, speaking to the measure.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman has the floor.

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach): Mr. Speaker, what this bill does, it gives the sheriff's association to go in and be allowed to buy vehicles for localities. The lowe calitys don't have to by from the sheriff's association. They can buy from the state procurement process. What it will do, the state charges 1.5%. The sheriff's association will have half that much. Three quarters of one percent which equates to about $300 per vehicle. The sheriff's association's books are open all the time for anyone to see. The locality certainly isn't going going to pay more money so it makes it more competitive. I am for free enterprise and a more competitive bid process and I'm for saving the sheriff's departments in localities more moneys. Please vote for this bill.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): shall the bill pass? The clerk will close the roll.

[Unknown]: ayes 89, nos 11. ayes 89, nos 11. The bill is passed. turning to page 3 of the printed calendar. Continuing senate bills third reading. Senate bill 1569, a bill to Members, please take your seats.