SB 574 - State Govt. - requirements for use of recycled paper

First Reader Summary

A bill to amend Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to state government, so as to change requirements for the use of recycled paper by state institutions.

Hill, Jack (4th) Gillis, Sr., Hugh M (20th) Madden, Eddie M (47th)
James, Donzella (35th)
Status Summary HC: SPCA SC: SLGO LA: 03/27/98 Signed by Governor
Page Numbers - 1/ 2/ 3/ 4
Code Sections - 50-5-60.2/ 50-5-60.2
Senate Action House
2/4/98 Read 1st time 2/18/98
2/10/98 Favorably Reported 3/2/98
Committee Amend/Sub Am
2/11/98 Read 2nd Time 2/19/98
2/17/98 Read 3rd Time 3/13/98
2/17/98 Passed/Adopted 3/13/98
Comm/Floor Amend/Sub CA
3/18/98 Amend/Sub Agreed To
3/24/98 Sent To Governor
3/27/98 Signed by Governor
668 Act/Veto Number

SB 574 98                                            SB574/AP 
 
      SENATE BILL 574 
 
      By:  Senators Hill of the 4th, Gillis of the 20th, 
           Madden of the 47th and James of the 35th 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 
  1- 2  relating to state government, so as to change requirements 
  1- 3  for the use of recycled paper by state institutions; to 
  1- 4  repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 5       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1- 6                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1- 7  Title 50 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating 
  1- 8  to state government, is amended by striking in its entirety 
  1- 9  Code Section 50-5-60.2, relating to use of recycled paper 
  1-10  products, which reads as follows: 
 
  1-11    "50-5-60.2. 
 
  1-12    (a) As used in this Code section, the term: 
 
  1-13      (1) 'Annual aggregate' means the total purchases for 
  1-14      printing, writing, and computer paper within a fiscal 
  1-15      year. 
 
  1-16      (2) 'Mill broke' means any paper waste generated in a 
  1-17      paper mill prior to the completion of the paper-making 
  1-18      process up to and including the cutting and trimming of 
  1-19      the paper machine reel into small rolls or rough sheets. 
 
  1-20      (3) 'Recycled fiber content' means those materials and 
  1-21      by-products that have been recovered or diverted from 
  1-22      the solid waste stream.  Such term does not include 
  1-23      sawdust, wood chips, wood slabs, or the virgin content 
  1-24      of mill broke. 
 
  1-25    (b) Each agency, department, and authority of state 
  1-26    government shall meet the following annual aggregate 
  1-27    schedule for the purchase of printing paper, writing 
  1-28    paper, and computer paper including, but not limited to, 
  1-29    stationery, envelopes, copier paper, bond, and greenbar: 
 
  1-30      (1) At least 25 percent of the total fiber content shall 
  1-31      be recycled fiber content by July 1, 1994; 
 
 
 
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  2- 1      (2) At least 40 percent of the total fiber content shall 
  2- 2      be recycled fiber content by July 1, 1995; and 
 
  2- 3      (3) At least 50 percent of the total fiber content shall 
  2- 4      be recycled fiber content by July 1, 1996. 
 
  2- 5    (c) Each agency, department, and authority of state 
  2- 6    government shall document compliance with the schedule in 
  2- 7    subsection (b) of this Code section by filing an annual 
  2- 8    report with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker 
  2- 9    of the House of Representatives by the first day of 
  2-10    September of each year, beginning in 1994.  If an agency, 
  2-11    department, or authority has failed to comply with such 
  2-12    schedule, it shall give specific reasons, corroborated by 
  2-13    documentation, for such failure. 
 
  2-14    (d) The Department of Administrative Services shall 
  2-15    facilitate the acquisition of the products needed to meet 
  2-16    the requirements of subsection (b) of this Code section 
  2-17    through the removal of barriers to the purchasing of 
  2-18    recycled products, central purchasing, contract purchases, 
  2-19    or delegation. 
 
  2-20    (e) The Department of Administrative Services shall 
  2-21    develop and publish not later than July 31, 1993, a 
  2-22    process for reporting purchases of recycled printing, 
  2-23    writing, and computer paper which specifies its recycled 
  2-24    content, if any.  Such department shall develop and 
  2-25    implement educational programs to assist agencies, 
  2-26    departments, and authorities in meeting the requirements 
  2-27    of this part to maximize both purchasing power and the 
  2-28    purchase of recycled products in the most cost efficient 
  2-29    manner for each such agency, department, and authority.", 
 
  2-30  and inserting in lieu thereof the following: 
 
  2-31    "50-5-60.2. 
 
  2-32    (a) As used in this Code section, the term: 
 
  2-33      (1) 'Mill broke' means any paper waste generated in a 
  2-34      paper mill prior to the completion of the paper-making 
  2-35      process up to and including the cutting and trimming of 
  2-36      the paper machine reel into small rolls or rough sheets. 
 
  2-37      (2) 'Printing and writing paper' means high grade office 
  2-38      paper including but not limited to copier paper, bond 
  2-39      paper, forms, stationery, envelopes, text and cover 
  2-40      stock, as well as offset printing paper. 
 
 
 
 
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  3- 1      (3) 'Recycled content paper' means any paper having 
  3- 2      recycled fiber content. 
 
  3- 3      (4) 'Recycled fiber content' means those materials and 
  3- 4      by-products that have been recovered or diverted from 
  3- 5      the solid waste stream.  Such term does not include 
  3- 6      sawdust, wood chips, wood slabs, or the virgin content 
  3- 7      of mill broke. 
 
  3- 8    (b) At least 95 percent of moneys spent on printing and 
  3- 9    writing paper purchased by state agencies, commissions, 
  3-10    and authorities shall be spent upon recycled content paper 
  3-11    which meets or exceeds Environmental Protection Agency 
  3-12    guidelines for minimum recycled content; provided, 
  3-13    however, the provisions of this subsection shall not apply 
  3-14    if the price of recycled content paper required by this 
  3-15    Code section exceeds 8 percent of the price paid by the 
  3-16    Department of Administrative Services for 100 percent 
  3-17    virgin paper products or if the recycled content paper 
  3-18    required by this Code section does not meet the standards, 
  3-19    quality level, and specifications established by the 
  3-20    Department of Administrative Services. 
 
  3-21    (c) It shall be the responsibility of each agency, 
  3-22    commission, and authority to monitor, document, and report 
  3-23    its use of recycled content paper.  Any state agency, 
  3-24    institution, commission, and authority that documents and 
  3-25    reports attainment of the 95 percent requirement set forth 
  3-26    in subsection (b) of this Code section for two consecutive 
  3-27    fiscal years shall still be required to monitor and 
  3-28    document its use of recycled content paper but shall no 
  3-29    longer be required to submit a report upon written 
  3-30    conformation from the Department of Administrative 
  3-31    Services that the 95 percent requirement set forth in 
  3-32    subsection (b) of this Code section has been satisfied for 
  3-33    two consecutive fiscal years by that particular agency, 
  3-34    commission, institution, or authority; provided, however, 
  3-35    that the Department of Administrative Services shall 
  3-36    conduct periodic audits, and any state agency, 
  3-37    institution, commission, and authority exempted from the 
  3-38    reporting requirement pursuant to this subsection that is 
  3-39    not satisfying the 95 percent requirement set forth in 
  3-40    subsection (b) of this Code section may be directed by the 
  3-41    Department of Administrative Services to resume reporting 
  3-42    until reattainment of the 95 percent requirement set forth 
  3-43    in subsection (b) of this Code section is confirmed for 
  3-44    two additional consecutive fiscal years. 
 
 
 
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  4- 1    (d) The Department of Administrative Services shall 
  4- 2    maintain and continue to develop and implement reporting 
  4- 3    procedures and educational programs to assist agencies, 
  4- 4    commissions, institutions, and authorities in meeting the 
  4- 5    requirements of this Code section to maximize both 
  4- 6    purchasing power and the use of recycled products by each 
  4- 7    such agency, commission, institution, and authority." 
 
  4- 8                           SECTION 2. 
 
  4- 9  This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. 
 
  4-10                           SECTION 3. 
 
  4-11  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  4-12  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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