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Non-acceptance of award.

Liability of bid

ders.

Form of proposals.

Advertising of.

Allotment to next lowest bidder, etc.

Contract.

them; said bond shall have endorsed thereon and an-
nexed thereto the certificate of the president or addi-
tional law judge of the district or districts in which
such sureties may reside, or, in case of the absence or
other inability of such president and additional law
judge, with the certificate of the associate judges of
the county or counties in which such sureties may
respectively reside, that the said bond and sureties
are sufficient to secure the Commonwealth to the
amount of the pénalty thereof; and the said bond shall
contain the further condition that, in case the con-
tract is awarded to the person or persons bidding at
his or their bid, and the said person or persons refuse
or neglect to accept the same, he or they, with his or
their sureties, aforesaid, shall be liable to the Com-
monwealth for the difference between the amount of
his or their bid and the bid of the person or persons
to whom the printing and binding shall be awarded
after such neglect or refusal, as provided in the third
section of this act.
Section 2. All proposals authorized to be received
by this act shall be submitted upon a blank to be fur-
nished by the Superintendent of Public Printing and
Binding. They shall be sealed up and delivered to the
Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding, and
shall be endorsed “Proposals for the public printing
and binding,” and the Superintendent of Public Print-
ing and Binding shall advertise for such proposals, in
eight daily newspapers in the State of Pennsylvania,
for at least twelve days; of which, one shall be pub-
lished in Philadelphia, one in Pittsburg, one in Harris-
burg, and the remaining five in such sections of the
State as the Superintendent of Public Printing and
Binding shall deem necessary; immediately prior to
the time fixed by this act for alloting the public print-
ing and binding.
Section 3. That, in case the person or persons to
whom the contract for public printing and binding
shall be allotted shall refuse or neglect to accept the
same, the Superintendent of Public Printing and Bind-
ing shall allot it to the next lowest bidder or bidders;
and, if he or they refuse or neglect to accept the same,
then it shall be allotted to the next lowest bidder or
bidders; and so on shall he make allotments, as often
as necessary, until said contract is given to the lowest
bidder or bidders, according to the true meaning and
intent of this act, each allotment to be void unless ap-
proved by the Governor, Auditor-General and State
Treasurer, as hereinafter provided; but no allotment
shall be made to any person or persons whose proposal
is not accompanied with a bond, as required by the
provisions of the first section of this act, nor to any
person or persons known to be irresponsible.

Section 4. The Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding shall procure samples of all material that may enter into the binding for the State, as provided in this act, have the same at his office for at least twelve days prior to the time for awarding the con. tract for printing and binding, for the inspection of those desiring to submit bids, and in all cases must the material used in executing the binding be equal to the samples submitted by the Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding at the time of awarding the contract. Section 5. That the person or persons to whom the printing and binding shall be allotted shall be required to execute the same in the manner provided for by this act, and shall procure good and sufficient materials for executing all printing and binding authorized by law, or that may be ordered by the legislature or chief clerk of either branch thereof, or by the executive or head of any of the departments of the government, and to keep the same at the State Capital, and be at all times in readiness to execute the printing and binding, aforesaid, in a neat and workmanlike manner, with the utmost dispatch. Section 6. In order to carry out the provisions of the foregoing, there is hereby established in Pennsylvania a Department to be known as the Department of Public Printing and Binding, which shall be charged with the supervision and execution of the printing and binding of this Commonwealth. Section 7. The chief officer of this Department shall be denominated Superintendent of the Department of Public Printing and Binding, and shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, within thirty days after the final passage of this act, and every four years thereafter, who shall be commissioned by the Governor to serve a term of four years from the date of his appointment, and until his successor is duly qualified, and receive an annual salary of three thousand dollars; and in case of vacancy in the office of the Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding, by reason of death, resignation or otherwise, the Governor shall appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy for the unexpired balance of the term. Section 8. The Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe to the oath of the office prescribed by the constitution, the same to be filed in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and give a bond in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars, with surety to be approved by the Governor, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of his office.

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Certificate as to work.

Section 9. That it shall be the duty of said Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding to receive and take charge of all the reports made to the Governor by the heads of departments, and have the same printed by the contractor or contractors, and delivered to the proper departments. He shall also arrange all matter to be printed for the Legislature, or either branch thereof, and supervise the printing and binding of the same, causing it to be done in a prompt and workmanlike manner; and whenever the contractor or contractors fail to comply with his or their contract, either in quality of work or in such manner as shall occasion inconvenience to the Legislature, or either branch thereof, or detriment to the public interest, the said Superintendent may reject the work altogether, and, with the advice and consent of the Governor, Auditor-General and State Treasurer, employ another printer to execute such part of the work, and charge any excess of cost to the contractor or contractors.

Section 10. That it shall be the duty of the said Superintendent to receive orders for all blanks, blankbooks, and miscellaneous printing and binding that may be needed by the Legislature, or either branch thereof, or any of the departments of the Commonwealth, or any commission created by an act of Assembly, not otherwise provided for; have them executed by the contractor or contractors, and deliver such work to the officers ordering the same, he entering in a book kept for that purpose a record thereof. In case any order or orders received from the heads of departments or from commissions shall appear to the Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding as unnecessary or unreasonable, he shall refer it or them to the Governor, for approval or disapproval. The Commonwealth shall supply all paper required for such work, and, when the Superintendent makes an order on the contractor or contractors for any work, he shall at the time make a requisition on the person or persons to whom the contract for furnishing the State with paper and other supplies shall be awarded, as hereinafter provided, for the amount and quality of paper necessary for the said work: Provided, That no material for binding of any description shall be furnished by the Commonwealth, except the cover paper required for documents in paper cover and the paper required for blank-books.

Section 11. The said Superintendent shall keep a record of all supplies furnished by the Commonwealth for any work ordered to be done by the contractor or contractors, and shall examine his or their accounts, comparing the item with his record of the amount of the work done, and shall give a certificate of the correctness thereof before payments shall be made; he shall receive copy for all the documents, blanks, blankbooks and miscellaneous work that may be ordered by the Legislature or any of the departments of the Commonwealth, or for any Commission created by law, and see that the printing and binding are, in quality and quantity, as ordered; and before the final settlement of the bills of the contractor or contractors for any year, he shall ascertain by computation whether all the paper and other supplies furnished by the Commonwealth have been exchusively used for the public printing, and, if any be found not so used, he shall certify the fact to the Auditor General, who shall hold the said contractor or contractors responsible for the same. Section 12. The contractor or contractors shall furnish, daily, to the Superintendent of Public Printing and binding a copy of each and every bound report, pamphlet or piece of miscellaneous printing, except in case of blank- or record-books, when one leaf of each will be sufficient, in lieu of a full-bound book, as the work is completed. These samples the Superintend. ent of Public Printing and Binding shall cause to be placed in a suitable form for preservation in his office, designating thereon the date of the completion, and file with same a duplicate receipt from the person or persons to whom said work had been delivered by the contractor or contractors. At the same time the contractor or contractors shall furnish the Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding with a statement as to the cost, according to schedule here with annexed, of each and every report, book, pamphlet, and order for miscellaneous printing and binding, as completed, which statement shall be filed with the sample heretofore referred to. Section 13. The Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding shall have an office in the Capitol building, which shall be kept open and accessible throughout the year to all persons interested in the performance of his official duties, and he shall not be interested, directly or indirectly, in the public printing and binding, or in furnishing the State material therefor, or in supplying stationery, blanks or blank-books to any department or office of the State government. Section 14. The said Superintendent shall make a report to the Governor, annually, of the printing and binding done for the State, materials furnished, together with the cost of the same, and of all other matters connected with his office. Section 15. The Superintendent of Public Printing and Binding shall make contracts for paper, cardboard, parchment, and all other supplies of like character required by the contractor or contractors for

settlement of bills.

Copies of reports, pamphlets, etc.

Record of.

Statement of cost.

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executing the public printing. He shall also make
contracts for all half-tone cuts, electrotypes, steel
plates, or any other plates required for the execution
of the public printing.
Section 16. The book paper shall be of the follow-
ing size and weight, viz., twenty-six by forty inches,
sixty pounds. It shall be used for the printing of the
laws, journals, documents, and all reports and other
matter printed in book form, except the Legislative
Hand-book, Archives, and any other work of such char-
acter that the aforesaid size and weight will not be in
harmony with the same; and the Superintendent of
Public Printing and Binding may increase the size and
weight, or either, or decrease the size and weight,
or either, of the paper required for such work, as in
his judgment will be best suited to the character of
the same. The paper on which the bills of the Senate
and House of Representatives shall be printed shall
weigh twenty-four pounds to the ream, and measure
seventeen by twenty-six inches. Paper for blank-
books, books of record and miscellaneous printing shall
be of a size, weight and quality best suited for such
work, and all envelopes, cardboard, parchment and
other supplies shall be of the best quality.
Section 17. The said Superintendent shall procure
samples of paper, envelopes, parchment and other sup-
plies required for the executing of the public printing
and binding, and shall exhibit the same, at his office,
to all persons who may propose to bid for the contract
for supplying the Commonwealth with such articles,
as provided in section eighteen of this act. The said
samples to remain in the possession of the Superin-
tendent of Public Printing and Binding.
Section 18. That, on the first Monday of June, in
the year one thousand nine hundred and five, and on
the first Monday of June every two years thereafter,
the Superintendent shall receive sealed proposals, at
his office at the State Capitol, for furnishing the State
with book, bill, cover, bond, flat, and ledger paper,
parchment, envelopes, cardboard, and other supplies,
required to be furnished the contractor or contractors
for executing the public printing, at certain rates at
or below maximum rates, fixed by him in an adver-
tisement of the time and place of receiving such pro-
posals. He shall, at the same time, advertise, but under
a separate advertisement, for sealed proposals for fur-
nishing the State with half-tone cuts, electrotypes,
steel plates and other plates required for the execu-
tion of the public printing. Said advertisement shall
be published for twelve days, immediately preceding
said first Monday of June, in eight newspapers pub-
lished in the State of Pennsylvania; one of which shall
be published in Philadelphia, one in Pittsburg, one in

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