OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 80

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 affect 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.

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

COMMITTEE ACTION

Commerce Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

1

(03/15/2012)