2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 39 — Public finance
RS 39:1733 — Procurement from small businesses


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§1733. Procurement from small businesses

A. Set aside. The commissioner of the division of administration shall for each fiscal year designate and set aside for awarding to small businesses, an amount not to exceed ten percent of the value of anticipated total state procurement of goods and services excluding construction. The commissioner shall divide the procurements so designated into contract award units of economically feasible production runs in order to facilitate offers or bids from small businesses. In making his annual designation of set aside procurements the commissioner shall attempt to vary the included procurements so that a variety of goods and services produced by different small businesses shall be set aside each year. The failure of the commissioner to set aside particular procurements shall not be deemed to prohibit or discourage small businesses from seeking the procurement award through the normal solicitation and bidding processes.

B. Contract procedure. The commissioner shall establish a contract procedure in accordance with law, for the awarding of a procurement contract under the set aside program established in this Part. Surety bonds guaranteed by the federal small business administration shall be acceptable security for a construction award under this Part.

C. Responsibility of bidder or offeror. Before making a set aside award, the commissioner shall evaluate whether the small business scheduled to receive the award is able to perform the set aside contract. This determination shall include consideration of production and financial capacity and technical competence.

D. Preference to disadvantaged persons. At least ten percent of the value of the procurements designated for set aside awards shall be awarded, if possible to businesses owned and operated by socially or economically disadvantaged persons. In the event small businesses owned and operated by socially or economically disadvantaged persons are unable to perform at least ten percent of the set aside awards, then the commissioner shall award the balance of the set aside contracts to other small businesses.

E. Preference to women. At least ten percent of the value of the procurements designated for set aside awards shall be awarded, if possible, to businesses owned and operated by women. In the event small businesses owned and operated by women are unable to perform at least ten percent of the set aside awards, then the commissioner shall award the balance of the set aside contracts to other small businesses.

F. Award of contracts after unsuccessful set aside procedures. In the event that the provisions of this Part do not operate to extend a contract award to a small business, the award shall be placed pursuant to the existing solicitation and award provisions established by law. The commissioner shall thereupon designate and set aside for small businesses additional state procurements corresponding in approximate value to the contract unable to be awarded pursuant to the provisions of this Part.

G. Conflict with other code provisions. All laws and rules pertaining to solicitations, bid evaluations, contract awards, and other procurement matters shall apply as consistent to procurements set aside for small businesses. In the event of conflict with other rules, the provisions of this Part shall govern.

Added by Acts 1979, No. 715, §1, eff. July 1, 1980. Amended by Acts 1981, No. 691, §2.

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