Agenda Item 5B
September 11, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Action: Bill 23-15, Contracts
Executive Regulation 6-15, Local Small Business Reserve Program
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (2-0, Riemer
absent): approve the Bill and the regulation without amendment.
Bill 23-15, Contracts - Local Small Business Reserve Program - Amendments, sponsored
by Lead Sponsor Council President at the request ofthe County Executive, was introduced on May
21. A public hearing was held on June 16 and a Government Operations and Fiscal Policy
Committee worksession was held on July 23 on the Bill and the Regulation.
The Bill would:
modify the types ofcontracts subject to the Local Small Business Reserve Program;
amend the definition of a local small business under the Local Small Business
Reserve Program; and
change the reporting dates.
The Local Small Business Reserve Program (LSBRP) was established by Bill 23-04,
Contracts and Procurement - Local Small Business Reserve Program, effective January 1,2006.
The legislative intent of the program was to enhance the competitiveness of County-based small
businesses by creating a separate defmed market in which small businesses will compete against
each other, not against larger firms, for County contracts; broaden the pool of local small vendors
doing business with the County; and encourage the County's economic growth by enhancing the.
business climate for local small businesses.
Bill 23-15 would require that a local small business have its principal place of business in
the County instead of requiring the business to generate a significant amount of economic activity
in the County in order to participate in the program. This change would codify existing regulations
defining "generating a significant amount of economic activity in the County." The Bill. would
also codify existing practice by eliminating a contract awarded through an emergency