Procurement & Infrastructure

Small businesses need a level playing field when it comes to competing for state and local procurement. Smaller enterprises should be automatically informed about available government contracts. There should be one set of small business criteria for all local, state, and national agencies for government contracts. These criteria must provide parity and compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order for all small businesses.

Jerry Bircher, Chair

Tel: (916) 631-8488

2017 Legislative Bills

Procurement & Infrastructure

BillCSBA POSITIONHouse of OriginSecond HouseGovernor
AB 547
California Prompt Payment Act: disabled veteran business enterprises.

AB 618
Local Agency Public Construction Act: job order contracting: community college districts.

AB 657
State government: small business liaisons.

AB 848
Public contracts: University of California: California State University: domestic workers.

AB 961
Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program.

AB 1346
Income taxes: credits: supplier diversity goals.
AB 1615
Gender discrimination: civil actions.

SB 605
Small Business Procurement and Contract Act: small business.

AB 17/ SB 1 (Spot Bill)
Transit Pass Program: free or reduced-fare transit passes.

AB 496
Transportation funding.
AB 1470
State highways: bypasses of a city or business district.

Bill Summaries:

  • AB547-This bill would require state agencies to pay certified disabled veteran business enterprises, as defined, within 15 days of receiving the invoice.Support
  • AB618-This bill would authorize job order contracting in a similar manner for community college districts until January 1, 2022. The bill would restrict job order contracting pursuant to the bill to community college districts that have entered into a project labor agreement or agreements, as defined, that will apply to all public works in excess of $25,000 undertaken by the community college through at least December 31, 2021, regardless of what contracting procedure is used to award that work.Support
  • AB657-This bill would require a state agency that significantly regulates small business or that significantly impacts small business to prominently display the name and contact information of the small business liaison on the agency’s Web site, if the agency has a Web site.Support
  • AB848-The bill would prohibit the University of California, to the extent that the Regents of the University of California act to make the provisions applicable, and the California State University from contracting for services with a contractor or subcontractor unless that contractor or subcontractor certifies under penalty of perjury in his or her bid for the contact that the contract, and any subcontract performed under that contract, will be performed solely with workers within the United States. Support
  • AB961-This bill would require that process to provide for a higher incentive when the prime contractor is a DVBE than when the prime contractor is not a DVBE, but commits to using a DVBE subcontractor.Watch
  • AB1346-This bill would require a taxpayer allowed a credit, which is enacted and becomes effective on or after January 1, 2018, against those taxes to meet supplier diversity goals by procuring supplies from business entities with certifications from certain entities, prior to claiming the credit in the first, 3rd, and 5th taxable years.Oppose
  • AB1615-This bill would enact the Small Business Gender Discrimination Compliance Act, which would apply to any gender discrimination claim, including, but not limited to, an alleged price difference charged based on gender. Generally, the bill would define a small business as one that has employed 25 or fewer employees on average over the past three years and has averaged annual gross receipts of less than $3,500,000 over those years.Support
  • SB605-This bill would revise those definitions by increasing the dollar amount threshold for a small business to $15 million and for a microbusiness to $5 million and would require those dollar amounts to be adjusted to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index biennially. The bill would further revise the definition of small business by specifying that, for the purposes of public works contracts, small business means a business with 200 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $36 million or less.Support


  • AB17/SB1 (Spot Bill)-This bill would create the Transit Pass Program to be administered by the department. The bill would require the Controller of the State of California to allocate moneys made available for the program, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to support transit pass programs that provide free or reduced-fare transit passes to specified pupils and students.This bill would create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system.Watch
  • AB496-This bill would create the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Program to address traffic congestion and deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. Support
  • AB1470-This bill, with respect to a bypass that is completed on or after January 1, 2014, would provide that a city or county shall be eligible to receive funding from an unspecified account for the purposes of revitalizing a city or business district due to the loss of tourism business resulting from the highway relocation.Support