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Non-acceptance of award.
Liability of bid
Form of proposals.
Allotment to next lowest bidder, etc.
them; said bond shall have endorsed thereon and an-
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.
Duties of Superintendent.
Printing and binding.
Failure to com
ply with contract.
Orders for print
ing, binding, etc.
Approval of orders.
Record of sup
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.
Statement of cost.
Office of the superintendent.
Annual report of Superintendent.
Contracts for paper, cardboard, supplies,
executing the public printing. He shall also make