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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1596         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1463

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Sonia Chang-Diaz

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to equity in public contracting in honor of Bruce C. Bolling.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Sonia Chang-Diaz

Second Suffolk

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Mary S. Keefe

15th Worcester

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Russell E. Holmes

6th Suffolk

Byron Rushing

9th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1596        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1463

By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1463) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Linda Dorcena Forry, James B. Eldridge, Elizabeth A. Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation to create equitable job access.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 1568 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to equity in public contracting in honor of Bruce C. Bolling.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 1 of Chapter 7 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the last paragraph the following paragraphs:-

              “Low income community”, a municipality where the median household income is 65 percent or less than the statewide household median income. In the case of a municipality with 50,000 residents or more, low income community shall mean a geographically contiguous, historically recognized neighborhood of 10,000-50,000 residents.

              “Minority business enterprise”, as used in this chapter shall be defined as it is in Section 40 of Chapter 23A.

              “Women business enterprise” as used in this chapter shall be defined as it is in Section 40 of Chapter 23A.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 7 of the Generals Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 23B the following section:-

              Section 23B ½ Contracting diversity goals

              For the purposes of this chapter, it shall be the official goal of the Commonwealth to achieve minority business enterprise and women business enterprise contracting goals within state procurement that are reflective of the diverse racial, ethnic, and gender make-up of the Commonwealth’s population.

              SECTION 3.  Section 14C of Chapter 7 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the last paragraph the following paragraphs:-

              Within 150 calendar days of the effective date of this section, any entity awarded a contract under the provisions of Chapter 7, shall provide written verification with every invoice submitted to the awarding authority detailing the portion of the payment that will be allocated to minority business enterprises and women business enterprises, and reporting the racial, ethnic and gender make-up of the awardees’ workforce in Massachusetts.  The awardee shall take necessary steps to prevent the disclosure of individually-identifying information about employees on this report.

              The executive office of administration and finance shall, within 90 calendar days of the effective date of this section, promulgate a template reporting form, for optional use by the awarding authority, to assist contractors in meeting the requirements of this section.

              The awarding authority shall submit the report to the Massachusetts Management and Reporting System (MMARS) within 30 calendar days of receiving it.  The Comptroller of the Commonwealth shall, within 120 of the effective date of this section, develop appropriate fields within the MMARS for receiving this data.  

              SECTION 4. Section 38F of Chapter 7 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “project”, in line 9, the following text:-

              , including evidence of the applicant’s ability to advance the Commonwealth’s contracting and workforce inclusion goals as stated in Section 23B ½ of Chapter 7.

              SECTION 5. Section 1 of Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the last paragraph, the following paragraphs:-

              “Low income community”,  a municipality where the median household income is 65 percent or less than the statewide household median income. In the case of a municipality with 50,000 residents or more, low income community shall mean a geographically contiguous, historically recognized neighborhood of 10,000-50,000 residents.

              “Minority business enterprise”, as used in this chapter shall be defined as it is in Section 40 of Chapter 23A.

              “Women business enterprise” as used in this chapter shall be defined as it is in Section 40 of Chapter 23A.

              SECTION 6. Section 44A of Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out lines 12-16, and inserting in its place thereof the following text:-

              “Responsible” means demonstrably possessing the skill, ability and the integrity necessary to faithfully perform the work called for by a particular contract, based upon a determination of competent workmanship and financial soundness in accordance with the provisions of section forty-four D of this chapter.  In deliberating upon the responsibility of a bidder, all contracting agencies shall give strong consideration to the bidder, contractor, or proposed contractor’s ability to advance the Commonwealth’s contracting and workforce inclusion goals as stated in Section 44A ½ of Chapter 149, and to any credible evidence or reliable information about the bidder, contractor, or proposed contractor’s past or current work performance, including, but not limited to, the failure of a bidder, contractor, or proposed subcontractor to comply with the commitments made in their bidding or contract documents regarding the employment of minority business enterprises and women business enterprises and regarding workforce inclusion goals.

              SECTION 7. Section 44A ½ in Chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after  the last paragraph the following paragraphs:-

              (d) It shall be the goal of the Commonwealth to achieve minority business enterprise and women business enterprise contracting goals and workforce participation goals on the totality of state-funded design and construction contracts that are reflective of the diverse racial, ethnic, and gender make-up of the Commonwealth’s population.

              (e) It shall be the goal of the Commonwealth  that job creation on state-funded construction contracts be targeted to members of the community in which a project is physically located and that the workforce on that project reflect the demographic diversity of the host community, when construction projects are located in low income communities. 

              SECTION 8. Section 44D ½ of chapter 149 of the Generals Laws as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after line 92, the following text:-

              (viii) Joint Ventures, documentation demonstrating that the interested general contractors have formed an association of two or more businesses in which one of the businesses is a minority business enterprise or a women business enterprise as defined section 40 of chapter 23A of the General Laws.

              SECTION 9.  Section 44D ½ of chapter 149 of the Generals Laws as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after line 110, the following text:-

              (iii) Evidence of the bidder, contractor, or proposed contractor’s ability to advance the Commonwealth’s contracting and workforce inclusion goals as stated in Section 44A ½ of Chapter 149.

              SECTION 10. Chapter 149 of the Generals Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 44M the following  section:-

              Section 44N. Data collection and disclosure

              Within 150 calendar days of the effective date of this section, any entity awarded a contract for construction by a state agency shall provide written verification with every progress payment request (PPR) submitted to the awarding authority detailing the portion of the payment that will be allocated to minority business enterprises and women business enterprises respectively, as defined in Section 40 of Chapter 23A, and  detailing the total number of hours worked by all employees on that contract during the period covered by the PPR;  and including a breakdown of hours worked by workers’ ZIP codes of residence, as well as a breakdown of the number of hours worked by women and workers of color, respectively.  The reporting entity shall take necessary steps to prevent the disclosure of individually-identifying information about employees on this report.

              The executive office of administration and finance shall, within 90 calendar days of the effective date of this section, promulgate a template reporting form, for optional use by the awarding authority, to assist contractors in meeting the requirements of this section.

              The awarding authority shall submit the report to the Massachusetts Management and Reporting System (MMARS) within 30 calendar days of receiving it.  The Comptroller of the Commonwealth shall, within 120 of the effective date of this section, develop appropriate fields within the MMARS for receiving this data.

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