2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 9, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Darling, Petrowski and Craig,
cosponsored by Representatives
Knodl, Horlacher, Kremer, Spiros, Tittl,
Vruwink, Felzkowski, R. Brooks, Kooyenga, Tusler, Gannon, Swearingen,
Kuglitsch, Sanfelippo and Duchow. Referred to Committee on Government
Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.
1An Act to amend
16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) and 16.75 (3t) (c) (intro.); and to
16.75 (6) (ag) of the statutes; relating to: state procurement of signs.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, if a state agency makes a purchase for which the estimated
cost exceeds $50,000, the purchase must be made through competitive bidding.
Under this bill, if the items being purchased are signs, the purchase must be made
through competitive bidding if the estimated cost exceeds $3,500.
Also under current law, state agencies making purchases generally must allow
the Department of Corrections the opportunity to provide the materials, supplies,
equipment, or services if DOC is able to do so for a price that is comparable to one
obtained through competitive bidding. This bill provides an exemption for the
purchase of signs.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) of the statutes are amended to read:
(b) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., when the estimated cost exceeds 5$25,000 $50,000
, the department shall invite solicit
to be submitted
2. Bids are not required if If the item being purchased is a sign, bids shall be
the estimated cost does not exceed $50,000 $3,500
(c) Except as provided in par. (b) 2. and
sub. (7), when the estimated cost is 4
$25,000 or less, the award may be made in accordance with simplified procedures 5
established by the department for such transactions.
16.75 (3t) (c) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) (intro.) The department of corrections shall periodically provide 8
to the department of administration a current list of all materials, supplies, 9
equipment or contractual services, excluding commodities, that are supplied by 10
prison industries, as created under s. 303.01. The department of administration 11
shall distribute the list to all designated purchasing agents under s. 16.71 (1). Except 12
as otherwise provided in sub. (6) (ag) or
(am), prior to seeking bids or competitive 13
sealed proposals with respect to the purchase of any materials, supplies, equipment 14
or contractual services enumerated in the list, the department of administration or 15
any other designated purchasing agent under s. 16.71 (1) shall offer prison industries 16
the opportunity to supply the materials, supplies, equipment or contractual services 17
if the department of corrections is able to provide them at a price that is comparable 18
to one which may be obtained through competitive bidding or competitive sealed 19
proposals and is able to conform to the specifications. If the department of 20
administration or other purchasing agent is unable to determine whether the price 21
of prison industries is comparable to one obtained through competitive bidding or 22
competitive sealed proposals, it may solicit bids or competitive proposals before 23
awarding the order or contract. This paragraph does not apply to the printing of the 24
16.75 (6) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
(ag) Subsection (3t) does not apply to purchases of signs.
The treatment of section 16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) of the statutes first 4
applies to purchases made on the effective date of this subsection.