Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Department of; implementation of certification programs. (SB318)

Introduced By

Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; implementation of certification programs for small businesses; definition of small business; report. Changes the definition of small business, beginning July 1, 2019, to meet the small business size standards established by the regulations of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bill provides that any business entity that the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (the Department) has certified as a small business prior to July 1, 2019, shall have such certification extended for a three-year period. The bill also provides that the Director of the Department adopt regulations that will, beginning July 1, 2019, establish a three-year certification period for small businesses to be based on the dominant business activity of each small business entity. The bill (i) includes a definition of "dominant business activity"; (ii) provides for the Department to enter into a memorandum of understanding with appropriate agencies establishing provisions for the sharing of information consistent with the requirements of state and federal law; (iii) authorizes the Director to terminate a contract with any independent certifying entities to assist in the certification of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses, service disabled veteran-owned businesses, and employment services organizations based on performance or a written determination by the Director that continuing the contract is not practicable; and (iv) requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to evaluate the effect of the implementation of the new definition at three-year intervals, reporting to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2025. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103595D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/15/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2018Read second time
01/18/2018Reading of amendment waived
01/18/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/18/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB318E
01/18/2018Printed as engrossed 18103595D-E
01/19/2018Passed by for the day
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB318E)
01/22/2018Read third time and passed Senate (22-Y 17) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Placed on Calendar
01/29/2018Read first time
01/29/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/01/2018Fiscal impact review from JLARC (SB318E)
02/15/2018Reported from General Laws with amendment (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/28/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
03/06/2018Left in Appropriations