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A04791 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                                Cal. No. 602
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 8, 2013
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  TITONE, GOTTFRIED, MILLMAN, BRONSON, LAVINE,
          COOK, KAVANAGH, PERRY, WEPRIN, ABINANTI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          once  and  referred  to  the  Committee  on Governmental Operations --

          reported and referred to  the  Committee  on  Codes  --  reported  and
          referred  to  the  Committee  on Ways and Means -- advanced to a third
          reading, passed by Assembly and delivered to the Senate, recalled from
          the  Senate,  vote  reconsidered,  bill  amended,  ordered  reprinted,
          retaining its place on the order of third reading
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  state  finance  law, in relation to arbitration
          provisions in state contracts
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 165 of the state finance law is amended by adding a
     2  new subdivision 9 to read as follows:
     3    9.  Arbitration  provision.  a.  For  the purposes of this subdivision
     4  "arbitration provisions" shall mean any requirement that an employee  or

     5  independent  contractor  performing work under such vendor's contract or
     6  subcontract to submit claims arising under title VII of the civil rights
     7  act of 1964 or article fifteen of the executive  law  to  private  arbi-
     8  tration  for  resolution;  this  shall  not  include arbitration that is
     9  mandated by a collective bargaining agreement between  such  vendor  and
    10  employee and/or independent contractor.
    11    b.  (i)  With respect to contracts described in subparagraphs (ii) and
    12  (iii) of this paragraph, and  in  accordance  with  such  subparagraphs,
    13  state  agencies  as  defined  in this article shall not contract for the
    14  supply of commodities, service or construction with any  contractor  who

    15  does  not  agree  to  stipulate  to  the  following, if there is another
    16  contractor  who  will  contract  to  supply  commodities,  services   or
    17  construction  of  comparable  quality at a comparable price or cost: the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  contractor shall not place any arbitration provision upon their  employ-
     2  ees that work on such contract.
     3    (ii)  In  the case of contracts let by a competitive process, whenever
     4  the responsive and responsible offerer having the lowest price  or  best

     5  value  offer  has not agreed to stipulate to the conditions set forth in
     6  this subdivision and another responsive and responsible offerer who  has
     7  agreed  to  stipulate  to  such conditions has submitted an offer within
     8  five percent of the lowest price or best value offer for a  contract  to
     9  supply  commodities, services or construction of comparable quality, the
    10  contracting entity shall refer such offers to the commissioner of gener-
    11  al services, who may determine, in accordance with  applicable  law  and
    12  rules, that it is in the best interest of the state that the contract be
    13  awarded to other than the lowest price or best value offer.
    14    (iii) In the case of contracts let by other than a competitive process

    15  for goods or services involving an expenditure of an amount greater than
    16  the  discretionary  buying threshold as specified in section one hundred
    17  sixty-three of this article, or for  construction  involving  an  amount
    18  greater  than fifteen thousand dollars, the contracting entity shall not
    19  award to a proposed contractor who has not agreed to  stipulate  to  the
    20  conditions  set  forth  in this subdivision unless the entity seeking to
    21  use the  commodities,  services  or  construction  determines  that  the
    22  commodities,  services  or  construction are necessary for the entity to
    23  perform its functions and there is no other responsible  contractor  who
    24  will  supply commodities, services or construction of comparable quality

    25  at a comparable price. Such determinations shall be made in writing  and
    26  shall be public documents.
    27    c. Upon receiving information that a contractor who has made the stip-
    28  ulation  required  by  this  subdivision  is  in  violation thereof, the
    29  contracting entity shall review such information and offer the  contrac-
    30  tor  an  opportunity  to respond. If the contracting entity finds that a
    31  violation has occurred, it shall take such action as may be  appropriate
    32  and  provided  for  by law, rule or contract, including, but not limited
    33  to,  imposing  sanctions,  seeking  compliance,  recovering  damages  or
    34  declaring the contractor in default.
    35    d.  As used in this subdivision, the term "contract" shall not include

    36  contracts with  governmental  and  non-profit  organizations,  contracts
    37  awarded  pursuant  to  emergency  procurement  procedures  or contracts,
    38  resolutions, indentures, declarations  of  trust  or  other  instruments
    39  authorizing  or  relating to the authorization, issuance, award, sale or
    40  purchase of bonds, certificates of indebtedness, notes or  other  fiscal
    41  obligations,  provided  that  the  policies of this subdivision shall be
    42  considered when selecting a contractor to  provide  financial  or  legal
    43  advice, and when selecting managing underwriters in connection with such
    44  activities.
    45    §  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to all
    46  contracts signed and executed on or after such effective date.
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