Florida Senate - 2013 SB 1142 By Senator Gibson 9-01035A-13 20131142__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to small business participation in 3 state contracting; creating s. 287.0577, F.S.; 4 defining the terms “contract bundling” and “small 5 business”; directing that agencies avoid contract 6 bundling under certain circumstances; requiring 7 agencies to conduct market research and include 8 written summaries and analyses of such research in 9 solicitations for bundled contracts; requiring 10 agencies to award a specified percentage of contracts 11 to small businesses; requiring contract vendors to use 12 small businesses in the state as subcontractors or 13 subvendors; providing requirements with respect to 14 payment of subcontractors, owners, and general 15 contractors; prohibiting agencies, general 16 contractors, or prime contractors from requiring 17 certain bonds or other sureties for certain contracts; 18 requiring the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office 19 of the Governor to establish a system for reporting 20 small business participation in state contracting; 21 requiring agencies to cooperate with such reporting; 22 requiring specified annual reports; providing an 23 effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 287.0577, Florida Statutes, is created 28 to read: 29 287.0577 Small business participation in state contracting; 30 contract bundling; set-asides for small businesses; bonding and 31 reporting requirements.— 32 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 33 (a) “Contract bundling” means the consolidation of 34 contracts for the procurement of commodities or contractual 35 services, at least part of which may be provided or performed by 36 one or more small businesses, into a single contract that is not 37 appropriate for award to a small business as the prime 38 contractor. 39 (b) “Small business” means a business entity organized for 40 profit that is independently owned and operated, that is not 41 dominant within the business entity’s industry, and that: 42 1. Currently is, and for at least the previous 3 years has 43 been, domiciled in the state. 44 2. Has a workforce of 50 or fewer permanent full-time 45 positions, whether employees, independent contractors, or other 46 contractual personnel. 47 3. Has had, for at least the previous 3 years, average 48 annual gross sales that do not exceed the following: 49 a. For a contractor licensed under chapter 489, $5 million 50 per year. 51 b. For a sole proprietorship performing contractual 52 services within the scope of the proprietor’s professional 53 license or certification, $500,000 per year. 54 c. For any other business entity, $1 million per year. 55 4. Currently has, and for at least the previous 3 years has 56 had, together with its affiliates, a net worth that does not 57 exceed $5 million. For a sole proprietorship, the net worth 58 limit of $5 million includes both personal and business 59 investments but does not include the proprietor’s primary 60 residence. 61 62 The term includes any such business entity organized as any form 63 of corporation, partnership, limited liability company, sole 64 proprietorship, joint venture, association, trust, cooperative, 65 or other legal entity. 66 (2) CONTRACT BUNDLING; SOLICITATION.— 67 (a) An agency, to the maximum extent practicable, shall 68 structure agency contracts to facilitate competition by and 69 among small businesses in the state, taking all reasonable steps 70 to eliminate obstacles to their participation and avoiding the 71 unnecessary and unjustified contract bundling that may preclude 72 small businesses’ participation as prime contractors. 73 (b) Before issuing a solicitation for a bundled contract, 74 an agency must conduct market research to determine whether 75 contract bundling is necessary and justified. If the agency 76 determines that contract bundling is necessary and justified, 77 the agency must include in the solicitation a written summary of 78 the agency’s market research and a written analysis of the 79 research that explains why contract bundling is necessary and 80 justified. 81 (3) SET-ASIDES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.— 82 (a) An agency shall annually award to small businesses, 83 either directly or indirectly as subcontractors, at least 35 84 percent of the total dollar amount of contracts awarded. 85 (b) Each contract awarded under s. 287.057 must require the 86 vendor to use small businesses in the state as subcontractors or 87 subvendors. The percentage of funds, in terms of gross contract 88 amount and revenues, that must be expended for subcontracting 89 with small businesses in the state shall be determined by the 90 agency before the solicitation for the contract is issued; 91 however, the contract may not allow a vendor to expend less than 92 35 percent of the gross contract amount for subcontracting with 93 small businesses in the state. 94 (c) Each contract must include specific requirements for: 95 1. The timely payment of subcontractors by the prime 96 contractor and specific terms and conditions applicable if a 97 prime contractor does not pay a subcontractor within the time 98 limits specified in the contract. 99 2. Payment from the owner and general contractor shall be 100 paid to subcontractors within 15 calendar days after receipt of 101 a subcontractor’s invoice and pay application. 102 (4) BONDING REQUIREMENTS.—Notwithstanding any provision of 103 law, an agency, a general contractor, or a prime contractor may 104 not require a vendor to post a bid bond, performance bond, or 105 other surety for a contract that does not exceed $500,000. This 106 subsection does not apply to any requirement for posting a bond 107 pending the protest of a solicitation; the protest of a rejected 108 bid, proposal, or reply; or the protest of a contract award. 109 (5) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.—The rules ombudsman in the 110 Executive Office of the Governor shall: 111 (a) Establish a system to measure and report the use of 112 small businesses in state contracting. This system shall 113 maintain information and statistics on small business 114 participation, awards, dollar volume of expenditures, and other 115 appropriate types of information to analyze progress in small 116 businesses access to state contracts and to monitor agency 117 compliance with this section. Such reporting must include, but 118 is not limited to, the identification of all subcontracts in 119 state contracting by dollar amount and by number of subcontracts 120 and identification of the use of small businesses as prime 121 contractors and subcontractors by dollar amounts of contracts 122 and subcontracts, number of contracts and subcontracts, 123 industry, and any conditions or circumstances that significantly 124 affected the performance of subcontractors. An agency shall 125 report its compliance with the reporting system at least 126 annually and at the request of the rules ombudsman in the 127 Executive Office of the Governor. All agencies shall cooperate 128 with the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor 129 in establishing this reporting system. 130 (b) Report agency compliance with paragraph (a) for the 131 preceding fiscal year to the Governor and Cabinet, the President 132 of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and 133 the rules ombudsman in the Executive Office of the Governor on 134 or before February 1 of each year. The report must contain, at a 135 minimum, the following: 136 1. Total expenditures of each agency by industry. 137 2. The dollar amount and percentage of contracts awarded to 138 small businesses by each state agency. 139 3. The dollar amount and percentage of contracts awarded 140 indirectly to small businesses as subcontractors by each state 141 agency. 142 4. The total dollar amount and percentage of contracts 143 awarded to small businesses, whether directly or indirectly as 144 subcontractors. 145 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.