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:
(3) “Privatization 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:
(A) the reduction in force of at least one permanent, classified employee; or
(B) the elimination of or failure to fill at least one permanent, classified position.
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.
Sec. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
The Vermont General Assembly
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