Muna-Barnes, Cruz Bill Would Support Disabled Veteran Businesses

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Guam – Senator Tina Muna-Barnes and Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz have introduced a bill that would give qualified Disabled Veteran owned businesses a 5% advantage on any GovGuam procurment contract for supplies or services.

Bill 225 would require any GovGuam entitity to award a service or supply contract to a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business [SDVOB] so long as that businesses bid does not exceed 105% of the lower price bidder.

A release quotes Senator Muna-Barnes as saying that “Each time a service-disabled veteran wins a contract through this legislation, we send a message—‘you stood up to serve Guam now the people of Guam stand behind you, your livelihood, and aspirations.’”

And Vice Speaker Cruz is quoted as saying: “This measure recognizes our commitment to their [veterans] life, liberty, and happiness.”

READ Bill 225 HERE

READ Senator Muna-Barnes’ FULL release below:

“Senators Muña Barnes and Cruz Introduce Bill to Support Guam’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses”

Hagåtña- May 24th, 2011—Today, Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes and Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz introduced legislation to Support Guam’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOB).  Bill 225-31(LS) gives qualified SDVOBs a five percent advantage on any government entity’s procurement of supplies or services.  Both California and the federal government have had similar statutes in place for a number of years.

The measure requires:

That any government entity that intends to procure any supply or service must procure the service from the SDVOB as long as the price for the supply or service does not exceed one hundred five percent of the lower price bidder(105%); and

-That the SDVOB is licensed to do business on Guam; and

-That the SDVOB maintains its headquarters on Guam; and

-That the daily operations of the SDVOB are directly owned and operated by a service-disabled veteran(s) who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable discharge, and whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty as demonstrated by a DD214 and an award letter from the US Department of  Veterans Affairs.

Senator Tina Rose Muña Barnes said: “As more of Guam’s sons and daughters return from Afghanistan and Iraq, we remember that every generation owes a special debt to the men and women who fight for freedom.  Each time a service-disabled veteran wins a contract through this legislation, we send a message—‘you stood up to serve Guam now the people of Guam stand behind you, your livelihood, and aspirations.’”

Vice Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz said, “In times of peace and war alike, veterans have always sacrificed for our island. This measure recognizes our commitment to their life, liberty, and happiness.”