HBA-BSM H.B. 3537 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3537 By: Dukes State Affairs 4/4/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, the General Services Commission (GSC) is authorized to bar certain vendors who perform substandard work quality, misrepresent material or goods in the bidding process, commit fraud, or breach a contract from doing business with the state. House Bill 3537 expands the stipulations for barring vendors and requires rather than authorizes GSC to bar certain vendors. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 3537 amends the Government Code to require the General Services Commission (GSC) to bar a vendor from participating in state contracts for: _breaching a contract with local or quasi-governmental entities in Texas including but not limited to cities, counties, housing authorities, transportation authorities, river authorities, or other similar public purpose entities; or _ misrepresentation to subcontractors as to the amount and scope of their participation in previous awards made by state, local, or quasi-governmental entities in Texas or other entities. The bill requires rather than authorizes GSC to bar a vendor from participation in state contracts for certain behavior. The bill also establishes that state institutions of higher learning are not exempt from the State Purchasing and General Services Act. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.