South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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R31, H4157

STATUS INFORMATION

Joint Resolution
Sponsors: Reps. Lucas, G.M. Smith, Simrill, Bannister and Clemmons
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nbd\11256dg19.docx

Introduced in the House on March 5, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on March 7, 2019
Passed by the General Assembly on March 28, 2019
Governor's Action: April 3, 2019, Signed

Summary: Voting machines

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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    3/5/2019  House   Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without 
                        reference (House Journal-page 23)
    3/6/2019  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Clemmons
    3/6/2019  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 53)
    3/6/2019  House   Roll call Yeas-91  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 53)
    3/6/2019          Scrivener's error corrected
    3/7/2019  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 10)
    3/7/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 10)
    3/7/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 10)
   3/21/2019  Senate  Committee report: Favorable Finance 
                        (Senate Journal-page 19)
   3/27/2019  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 65)
   3/27/2019  Senate  Roll call Ayes-39  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 65)
   3/28/2019  Senate  Read third time and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 14)
    4/3/2019          Ratified R  31
    4/3/2019          Signed By Governor
    4/9/2019          Effective date  04/03/19

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

3/5/2019
3/5/2019-A
3/6/2019
3/21/2019


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NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R31, H4157)

A JOINT RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT OFFERS FOR A SOLICITATION FOR A STATEWIDE VOTING SYSTEM SOLUTION FOR THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION AND TO CREATE A SPECIAL EVALUATION PANEL TO EVALUATE AND SCORE EACH PROPOSAL.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Statewide voting system

SECTION    1.    (A)    The General Assembly finds:

(1)    The State of South Carolina desires to contract for a statewide voting system solution. It is intended that the contract for the statewide voting system solution shall provide a turnkey solution to the State Election Commission and the forty-six counties of South Carolina. It is further intended that the contract shall provide, to the extent possible, for all necessary software, hardware, equipment, supplies, support, and services necessary for a complete and comprehensive solution that meets South Carolina's requirements for a statewide voting system in a manner that is most advantageous to the State. It is imperative that the statewide voting system solution selected is procured, installed, and tested in the most expeditious manner possible so it is operational by January 1, 2020.

(2)    To meet the intentions set forth in item (1), the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) issued on December 7, 2018, a Request for Proposal soliciting offers to "Provide a Statewide Voting System Solution for the South Carolina State Election Commission" (Solicitation No. 5400016872). According to the terms of the solicitation, offerors desiring to submit a proposal must do so by 11:00 a.m. on March 4, 2019.

(B)    To ensure competition and maximize accountability in the process, the General Assembly directs the State Fiscal Accountability Authority to extend the deadline to submit offers pursuant to Solicitation No. 5400016872 until 11:00 a.m. on April 4, 2019. Unless inconsistent with the provisions of this joint resolution, all other instructions, requirements, conditions, statements of work, specifications, terms, conditions, etc. contained in the solicitation shall remain in full force and effect.

(C)(1)    A special evaluation panel is hereby created to evaluate the proposals received as a result of the request for proposal contained in Solicitation No. 5400016872. The special evaluation panel is composed of the five members of the State Election Commission appointed pursuant Section 7-3-10 of the 1976 Code. During the period between publication of the solicitation and final award, members of the special evaluation panel must not communicate, directly or indirectly, with any offeror or employees, agents, or officials of any offeror. Before assuming any role in the evaluation of proposals/offerors, members of the special evaluation panel must certify in writing that they will, among other things, avoid conflicts of interests, abide by certain integrity obligations and rules of conduct, and comply with the applicable provisions of the State Ethics Act of the 1976 Code. The integrity obligations and rules of conduct that the special evaluation panel members must agree to abide by shall include, but not be limited to, conducting themselves in such a way as not to adversely affect the confidence of the public or competing offerors in this procurement process, avoiding any action that could result in the appearance that the member lacks independence or impartiality, and avoiding any activity or financial transaction that involves or appears to involve the direct or indirect use of "inside information" to further a private gain for themselves or others. Before assuming any role in the evaluation of proposals/offerors, members of the special evaluation panel must receive such training on their integrity obligations, the required rules of conduct, and the State Ethics Act as the Department of Administration may direct.

(2)    The Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Administration shall coordinate the process used by the special evaluation panel to evaluate and score proposals received by the time specified in this joint resolution and which have been determined to be responsive to Solicitation No. 5400016872 by the procurement officer. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority and the State Election Commission shall assign such personnel as requested by the Executive Director of the Department of Administration to assist the Department of Administration in carrying out its duties under this joint resolution. Additionally, the State Fiscal Accountability Authority and the State Election Commission shall assign such personnel as requested by the Executive Director of the Department of Administration to assist the special evaluation panel. The Department of Administration may contract with an outside expert or experts, including attorneys, to provide consultation and advice to the Department of Administration and to the special evaluation panel in evaluating and scoring proposals. Procurements by the Department of Administration of any expert or experts, including attorneys, pursuant to this joint resolution are exempt from the purchasing procedures of the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code.

(3)    The special evaluation panel shall evaluate and score all proposals and offerors based on the evaluation criteria included in the request for proposal contained in Solicitation No. 5400016872. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority shall award the contract to the highest-ranking proposal/offeror based on the scoring of the special evaluation panel subject to the Discussions and Negotiations provision in the solicitation and Section 11-35-1530(8) of the 1976 Code.

(D)(1)    The State Fiscal Accountability Authority shall continue to serve as the procuring officer for the solicitation. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority is also responsible for administrative duties related to the request for proposals including, but not limited to, required publications, postings, conferences, receipt of proposals, amendments, dissemination of materials to evaluators, instructing/charging evaluators, issuing notifications of award, etc.

(2)    Once a contract is awarded pursuant to Solicitation No. 5400016872, the State Election Commission shall manage the contract with the State Fiscal Accountability Authority maintaining all responsibilities vested in it by the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code. The State Election Commission shall be the party in interest for any disputes or controversies that arise subsequent to the execution of the contract. The provisions of Sections 11-35-4210, 11-35-4310, and 11-35-4410(1)(b) of the 1976 Code, South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code shall not apply to the procurement of a Statewide Voting System Solution pursuant to Solicitation No. 5400016872 or pursuant to any other source selection method authorized by this joint resolution. All other provisions of Article 17 of the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code related to contract and breach of contract controversies shall apply, including the provisions of Section 11-35-4230 giving the chief procurement officer exclusive authority to resolve contract controversies.

(E)    If it is determined that a contract cannot be awarded pursuant to Solicitation No. 5400016872 as its currently exists, the Executive Director of the Department of Administration may direct that the solicitation be amended as needed or may direct that an alternate source selection method be used; provided that, should an alternate source selection method be used, the selected method must allow for as much competition as is practicable under the circumstances. If an alternate source selection method is employed, the Executive Director of the Department of Administration may direct the State Election Commission and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, as is applicable, to develop an appropriate scope of work and specifications, to prepare the appropriate solicitation documentation, to develop award criteria, to administer the procurement process, to assist in the scoring and evaluation of any offers, to manage the contract and to be responsible for any contract controversies that may arise as either the using governmental unit (State Election Commission) or as the chief procurement officer (SFAA). Additionally, the special evaluation panel shall evaluate and score all proposals and offerors received in the time provided in the alternative source selection method and which proposals are responsive to the alternative source selection method based on the evaluation criteria developed during the process. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority shall award the contract to the highest-ranking proposal/offeror based on the scoring of the special evaluation panel subject to negotiations as provided in Section 11-35-1530(8) of the 1976 Code.

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 3rd day of April, 2019.

Approved the 3rd day of April, 2019. -- T.

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