OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 80 (File 161, as amended by Senate “A”)*

AN ACT EXPANDING TEST BED AUTHORITY AT THE CONSTITUENT UNITS OF THE STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION

SUMMARY:

This bill specifies conditions under which a chief executive officer (CEO) of a constituent unit of higher education may purchase a technology, product, or process or spend money related to its development without competitive bidding or negotiation. The CEO may make the expenditure if the technology, product, or process:

1. will be tested in his or her unit as part of a trial;

2. is part of or related to one of the unit's research programs;

3. has potential commercial applications and benefit to the state's economy;

4. has no adverse effect on individual safety; and

5. has been recommended by a committee of the unit that includes its purchasing official, chief academic officer, and chief economic development officer or their designees.

The CEO must report to the Commerce and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees on the technology, products, or processes the constituent unit tested or plans to test. The report is due on January 1 of the year following the date when the unit made the purchase and if applicable, must indicate the number of times tests were done.

By law, constituent unit CEOs may use competitive bidding or negotiation for specific procurement actions without the approval of the comptroller, Office of Policy and Management secretary, or administrative services commissioner if they (1) do so under policies adopted by their respective unit's trustees and (2) consult with the administrative services commissioner.

*Senate Amendment “A” adds the reporting requirement.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

1

(03/15/2012)

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(04/17/2012)

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

14

Nay

0

(05/03/2012)