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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Representative Frederick's 2015 Bills Focused on M/W/ESB Programs

Two bills that Representative Frederick helped to pass during the 2015 legislative session were aimed at promoting economic development by protecting the integrity of programs designed to meet Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business goals on public contracts.

House Bill 2716 requires a firm that uses M/W/ESB certification in obtaining a contract to maintain their qualification throughout the term of the contract. Senate Bill 584 authorizes agencies that detect fraud in using the M/W/ESB program to deny the offender subsequent contracts. Taken together, these bills help ensure that the social equity goals behind M/W/ESB programs are being met by preventing fraudulent practices that undermine these programs.

If you are interested in reading more about these bills now that they have been signed into law you can click here to read the enrolled text of SB 584 and HB 2716