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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Veterans business set aside. Authorizes a state agency to set aside certain contracts for supplies or services for service disabled veteran owned (SDVO) small businesses. Permits the department of administration to designate certain public works projects as an SDVO small business set-aside. Provides that to qualify for a set-aside contract, the SDVO small business must: (1) be owned and controlled by a service disabled veteran who is a resident of Indiana; and (2) have a current verification as an SDVO small business by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Veterans Enterprise. Provides, with certain exceptions, that a state agency must set a goal for participation by SDVO small businesses of at least 3% of the overall dollar amount expended each state fiscal year by the state agency for purchases. Provides that the Indiana economic development corporation may assist a state agency in: (1) compiling a list of SDVO small business; (2) assisting an SDVO small business in complying with the procedures for bidding on governmental contracts; (3) examining requests from state agencies for the purchase of supplies or services to help determine which purchases are to be designated as SDVO small business set-asides; and (4) simplifying specifications and contract terms to increase the opportunities for SDVO small business participation in governmental contracts. Requires the department of administration, beginning in 2014, to submit to the legislative council and the governor an annual report regarding state agency progress in meeting the 3% goal for SDVO small business contracts. Provides that an SDVO small business may not receive an Indiana small business price preference on purchases designated as an SDVO small business set-aside.