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HF 1926

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/07/2017 01:11pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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Introduction Posted on 03/01/2017

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A bill for an act
relating to state government; modifying appointments to the Minnesota Assistive
Technology Advisory Council; codifying the Office of Equity in Procurement;
changing who may certify a small business for procurements; expanding master
contract processes; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 16B.055,
subdivision 1; 16C.05, subdivision 2; 16C.19; 16C.36; proposing coding for new
law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 16C.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 16B.055, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Federal Assistive Technology Act.

(a) The Department of Administration
is designated as the lead agency to carry out all the responsibilities under the Assistive
Technology Act of 1998, as provided by Public Law 108-364, as amended. The Minnesota
Assistive Technology Advisory Council is established to fulfill the responsibilities required
by the Assistive Technology Act, as provided by Public Law 108-364, as amended. Because
the existence of this council is required by federal law, this council does not expire.

(b) new text beginExcept as provided in paragraph (c), new text endthe governor shall appoint the membership of
the council as required by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as provided by Public
Law 108-364, as amended. After the governor has completed the appointments required by
this subdivision, the commissioner of administration, or the commissioner's designee, shall
convene the first meeting of the council following the appointments. Members shall serve
two-year terms commencing July 1 of each odd-numbered year, and receive the compensation
specified by the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as provided by Public Law 108-364, as
amended. The members of the council shall select their chair at the first meeting following
their appointment.

new text begin (c) After consulting with the appropriate commissioner, the commissioner of
administration shall appoint a representative from:
new text end

new text begin (1) State Services for the Blind who has assistive technology expertise;
new text end

new text begin (2) vocational rehabilitation services who has assistive technology expertise;
new text end

new text begin (3) the workforce investment board; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the Department of Education who has assistive technology expertise.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 16C.05, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Creation and validity of contracts.

(a) A contract and amendments are not
valid and the state is not bound by them and no agency, without the prior written approval
of the commissioner granted pursuant to subdivision 2a, may authorize work to begin on
them unless:

(1) they have first been executed by the head of the agency or a delegate who is a party
to the contract;

(2) they have been approved by the commissioner; and

(3) the accounting system shows an encumbrance for the amount of the contract liability,
except as allowed by policy approved by the commissioner and commissioner of management
and budget for routine, low-dollar procurements and section 16B.98, subdivision 11.

(b) Grants, interagency agreements, purchase orders, work orders, and annual plans need
not, in the discretion of the commissioner and attorney general, require the signature of the
commissioner and/or the attorney general. A signature is not required for work orders and
amendments to work orders related to Department of Transportation contracts. Bond purchase
agreements by the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority do not require the approval of the
commissioner.

(c) Amendments to contracts must entail tasks that are substantially similar to those in
the original contract or involve tasks that are so closely related to the original contract that
it would be impracticable for a different contractor to perform the work. The commissioner
or an agency official to whom the commissioner has delegated contracting authority under
section 16C.03, subdivision 16, must determine that an amendment would serve the interest
of the state better than a new contract and would cost no more.

(d) A record must be kept of all responses to solicitations, including names of bidders
and amounts of bids or proposals. A fully executed copy of every contract, amendments to
the contract, and performance evaluations relating to the contract must be kept on file at
the contracting agency for a time equal to that specified for contract vendors and other
parties in subdivision 5. These records are open to public inspection, subject to section
13.591 and other applicable law.

(e) The attorney general must periodically review and evaluate a sample of state agency
contracts to ensure compliance with laws.

(f) Before executing a contract or license agreement involving intellectual property
developed or acquired by the state, a state agency shall seek review and comment from the
deleted text begin attorney generaldeleted text endnew text begin commissionernew text end on the terms and conditions of the contract or agreement.

Sec. 3.

new text begin [16C.061] OFFICE OF EQUITY IN PROCUREMENT.
new text end

new text begin (a) The Office of Equity in Procurement shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) assist in providing greater equity in state contracting and construction;
new text end

new text begin (2) promote opportunities to do business with the state; and
new text end

new text begin (3) provide assistance to small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with
substantial physical disabilities, and veterans in obtaining state contracts. The office shall
promote equal contracting opportunities in the state. The office shall further the state goal
that all businesses have the ability to compete for state contracts by providing assistance
related to business certification under section 16C.19 and how to respond to state solicitations,
outreach, and accountability on public purchasing for small businesses owned by women,
minorities, people with substantial physical disabilities, and veterans, and small businesses
located in economically disadvantaged areas.
new text end

new text begin (b) The office shall carry out the duties assigned by the commissioner of administration.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 16C.19, is amended to read:


16C.19 ELIGIBILITY; RULES.

(a) A small business wishing to participate in the programs under section 16C.16,
subdivisions 4 to 7, must be certified by the commissionernew text begin or by a nationally recognized
certifying organization authorized by the commissioner, if the certification requirements
are substantially the same as those adopted under the rules authorized in this section and
the business meets the requirements in section 16C.16, subdivision 2
new text end. The commissioner
shall adopt by rule standards and procedures for certifying that small targeted group
businesses, small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas, and veteran-owned
small businesses are eligible to participate under the requirements of sections 16C.16 to
16C.21. The commissioner shall adopt by rule standards and procedures for hearing appeals
and grievances and other rules necessary to carry out the duties set forth in sections 16C.16
to 16C.21.

(b) The commissioner may make rules which exclude or limit the participation of
nonmanufacturing business, including third-party lessors, brokers, franchises, jobbers,
manufacturers' representatives, and others from eligibility under sections 16C.16 to 16C.21.

(c) The commissioner may make rules that set time limits and other eligibility limits on
business participation in programs under sections 16C.16 to 16C.21.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for purposes of sections 16C.16 to 16C.21, a
veteran-owned small business, the principal place of business of which is in Minnesota, is
certified if:

(1) it has been verified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as being
either a veteran-owned small business or a service-disabled veteran-owned small business,
in accordance with Public Law 109-461 and Code of Federal Regulations, title 38, part 74;
or

(2) the veteran-owned small business supplies the commissioner with proof that the
small business is majority-owned and operated by:

(i) a veteran as defined in section 197.447; or

(ii) a veteran with a service-connected disability, as determined at any time by the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs.

(e) Until rules are adopted pursuant to paragraph (a) for the purpose of certifying
veteran-owned small businesses, the provisions of Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1700, may
be read to include veteran-owned small businesses. In addition to the documentation required
in Minnesota Rules, part 1230.1700, the veteran owner must have been discharged under
honorable conditions from active service, as indicated by the veteran owner's most current
United States Department of Defense form DD-214.

(f) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), for purposes of sections 16C.16 to 16C.21, a minority-
or woman-owned small business, the principal place of business of which is in Minnesota,
is certified if it has been certified by the Minnesota unified certification program under the
provisions of Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, part 26.

(g) The commissioner may adopt rules to implement the programs under section 16C.16,
subdivisions 4
to 7, using the expedited rulemaking process in section 14.389.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 16C.36, is amended to read:


16C.36 deleted text beginREORGANIZATIONdeleted text endnew text begin CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENTnew text end SERVICES
UNDER MASTER CONTRACT.

The commissioner of administration must make available under deleted text beginadeleted text endnew text begin one or morenew text end master
contract deleted text beginprogramdeleted text endnew text begin programsnew text end a list of eligible contractors who can assist state agencies in
using deleted text begindata analyticsdeleted text endnew text begin continuous improvement methodologiesnew text end to:

(1) accomplish agency reorganization along service rather than functional lines in order
to provide more efficient and effective service; and

(2) bring about internal reorganization of management functions in order to flatten the
organizational structure by requiring that decisions are made closer to the service needed,
eliminating redundancies, and optimizing the span of control ratios to public and private
sector industry benchmarks.new text begin For purposes of this section, "continuous improvement
methodologies" may include the use of data analytics, LEAN, or other tools to improve the
efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations.
new text end

deleted text begin The commissioner of administration must report to the legislature by January 15, 2013,
and January 15, 2014, on state agency use of eligible contractors under this section, and on
improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, including the contract oversight process, of
state services as a result of services provided by contractors.
deleted text end