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116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1981


To modify the unconditional ownership requirement for women-owned and minority-owned small business concerns for purposes of procurement contracts with the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 26, 2019

Ms. Cantwell (for herself and Mr. Rubio) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship


A BILL

To modify the unconditional ownership requirement for women-owned and minority-owned small business concerns for purposes of procurement contracts with the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Women and Minority Equity Investment Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Modifying unconditional ownership requirement for women-owned and minority-owned small business concerns.

(a) In general.—Section 8 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)(4)—

(A) in subparagraph (A), in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking “For purposes” and inserting “Except as provided in subparagraph (C), for purposes”;

(B) by redesignating subparagraph (C) as subparagraph (D); and

(C) by inserting after subparagraph (B) the following:

“(C) For purposes of determining eligibility for an award under this subsection, the term ‘socially and economically disadvantaged small concern’ includes any small business concern that meets the requirements of subparagraph (B) and—

“(i) for which less than 51 percent is unconditionally owned by 1 or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or by an entity described in subclause (II) or (III) of subparagraph (A)(i) because the small business concern—

“(I) is not more than 50 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms; or

“(II) is not less than 51 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms owned by 1 or more socially disadvantaged individuals or by an entity described in subclause (II) or (III) of subparagraph (A)(i); or

“(ii) in the case of any publicly owned business, for which less than 51 percent of the stock is unconditionally owned by 1 or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or by an entity described in subclause (II) or (III) of subparagraph (A)(ii) because the small business concern—

“(I) is not more than 50 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms; or

“(II) is not less than 51 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms owned by 1 or more socially disadvantaged individuals or by an entity described in subclause (II) or (III) of subparagraph (A)(ii);”; and

(2) in subsection (m)(1), by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:

“(B) SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY WOMEN.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘small business concern owned and controlled by women’—

“(I) has the meaning given the term in section 3(n); and

“(II) includes a small business concern described in subclause (I) for which less than 51 percent is unconditionally owned by 1 or more women because the small business concern—

“(aa) is not more than 50 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms; or

“(bb) is not less than 51 percent owned and controlled by 1 or more equity investment or venture capital firms owned by women.

“(ii) OWNERSHIP.—For purposes of clause (i), ownership shall be determined without regard to any community property law.”.

(b) Regulations.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall promulgate regulations to amend parts 124 and 127 of chapter I of title 13, Code of Federal Regulations, to carry out the amendments made by subsection (a).