AN ACT PROVIDING A PREFERENCE FOR CERTAIN QUALIFIED DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESSES BIDDING ON STATE CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR CONTRACTS, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT THE PREFERENCE.
Enacts new GS 143-128.5 to require that qualified disabled veteran businesses (business that is 51% owned by one or more qualified disabled veterans) are given a 10% preference when bidding on state construction or repair contracts. Mandates that construction or repair contracts be awarded to disabled veteran businesses when such bid is the lowest responsible, responsive bid. Requires qualified disabled veterans to include in the sealed bid proof of military discharge, a service-connected disability, and legal ownership of the business. Notice of eligible competitive bidding contracts should be provided to interested qualified disabled veteran businesses. Appropriates $25,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2019-20 fiscal year from the General Fund to the Department of Administration, Purchase and Contract Division, to implement the act.
Effective October 1, 2019, and applies to construction or repair contracts submitted thereafter.