Introduced by Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District and Senator MacDonald of Orange District
Subject: Executive branch; state employees; privatization contracts
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to: (1) apply the standards for state contracts, including privatization contracts, to positions which are being rebid or renewed; (2) provide a right of action to any person harmed by a violation of the standards for privatization contracts; and (3) provide a right of action to the Vermont state employees’ association for any alleged violation of the standards for privatization contracts.
AN ACT RELATING TO EXECUTIVE BRANCH PRIVATIZATION CONTRACTS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 3 V.S.A. § 341(3) is amended to read:
contract” means a personal services contract by which an entity or an
individual who is not a state employee agrees with an agency to provide
services, valued at $20,000.00 or more per year, which are the same or
substantially similar to and in lieu of services previously provided, in whole
or in part, by permanent, classified state employees, and which result in the
reduction in force of at least one permanent, classified
Sec. 2. 3 V.S.A. § 345 is added to read:
§ 345. REBIDDING AND RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS
This chapter shall apply to the rebidding or renewal of all personal services contracts and privatization contracts as defined in section 341 of this title, regardless of the date of execution of the original contract.
Sec. 3. 3 V.S.A. § 346 is added to read:
§ 346. VIOLATIONS; RIGHT OF ACTION
Persons harmed by any violation of this chapter shall have a right of action under Rule 75 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. The Vermont State Employees’ Association, Inc. (VSEA) shall have a right of action on its own behalf in Washington superior court for any alleged violation of this chapter pursuant to Rule 75 of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure.
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