D.C. Law 23-179. Local Business Enterprise Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2020.

D.C. Law 23-179. Local Business Enterprise Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2020.

AN ACT

To amend, on a temporary basis, the Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Act of 2005 to require that for a business enterprise to be certified as a local business enterprise it must be independently owned, operated, and controlled; be independently owned, operated, and controlled by a District-based enterprise; or be a non-District-based business enterprise that is more than 50% owned by District residents; and to require currently certified local business enterprises that do not meet one of these requirements to be recertified.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Local Business Enterprise Clarification Temporary Amendment Act of 2020".

Sec. 2. The Small and Certified Business Enterprise Development and Assistance Act of 2005, effective October 20, 2005 (D.C. Law 16-33; D.C. Official Code § 2-218.31 et seq.), is amended as follows:

Note § 2-218.31

(a) Section 2331is amended by adding a new paragraph (1A) to read as follows:

Amend § 2-218.31

"(1A) Is:

"(A) Independently owned, operated, and controlled;

"(B) Owned, operated, and controlled by a District-based enterprise; or

"(C) Owned by a non-District-based business enterprise that is more than 50% owned by District residents;".

Note § 2-218.31a

(b) A new section 2331a is added to read as follow

New § 2-218.31a

"Sec. 2331a. Grace period for compliance with section 2331(1A).

"(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a business enterprise currently certified as a local business enterprise pursuant this act that does not meet the requirements of section 2331(1A) and does not submit a new application to the Department of Small and Local Business Development to be recertified as a local business enterprise within 90 days of the effective date of the Local Business Enterprise Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, passed on an emergency basis September 22, 2020 (Enrolled version of Bill 23-916), shall have its certification revoked pursuant to section 2363(a)(2)(B).

"(b) A business enterprise currently certified as a local business enterprise pursuant to this act that does not meet the requirements of section 2331(1A) but has an existing contract with the District, shall be permitted to complete the term of that contract, including the base year and any option years under the contract, and receive the appropriate credit towards assisting an agency in meeting its goals pursuant to section 2341 and subcontracting points pursuant to section 2346 under its current certification. Upon completion of the term of that contract, the business enterprise must meet the requirements of section 2331(1A) and be recertified to remain a local business enterprise.".

Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.

The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).

Sec. 4. Effective date.

(a) This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02(c)(1), and publication in the District of Columbia register.

(b) This act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect.