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Introduced by   Senator MacDonald of Orange District

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Public property; public printing; contracts

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the commissioner of buildings and general services to award contracts for state printing to the lowest resident bidder.  A resident bidder is an individual, association, partnership, or corporation that is authorized to do business in the state, maintains an office in the state, and pays state income tax.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  29 V.S.A. § 1107 is amended to read:

§ 1107.  BIDS

The commissioner of buildings and general services shall make contracts for all state printing by advertisement and bid or letters of inquiry, unless otherwise provided.  He or she may reject any and all bids and readvertise or with the approval of the governor let such contract without further advertisement.

Sec. 2.  29 V.S.A. § 1108 is amended to read:



(a)  The commissioner of buildings and general services shall award all contracts for state printing, if the printing is comparable in quality, to the lowest resident bidder unless a bid by a nonresident bidder is 20 percent lower than the lowest resident bid.  For purposes of this section, a resident of Vermont is an individual, partnership, association, or corporation who:

(1)  is authorized to transact business in the state;

(2)  maintains an office in the state; and

(3)  has paid income taxes pursuant to chapter 151 of Title 32.

(b)  The commissioner of buildings and general services may require satisfactory bonds from bidders and contractors, and shall specify in each contract for printing that, in case the matter contracted for is not delivered to the state librarian or in accordance with his the commissioner’s written order to such other person as may be specified in the contract, on or before the date specified in the contract for such delivery, $25.00 of the contract price shall be deducted for every day such delivery is delayed, and, in case the delay exceeds ten days, there shall be deducted in addition to the above amount $10.00 for each day’s delay over ten days; and he the commissioner shall also specify in each contract that all public documents and printed matter shall be delivered to the state librarian at the state library unless otherwise directed in writing by him the commissioner or the state librarian.  The provisions of this section and section 1107 of this title relating to advertising and bids shall not apply to a contract for printing where the amount of the contract does not exceed $50.00.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont