Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton filed a nuclear ban order this week with the Northampton City Council for its upcoming August 15, 2019 meeting. The order allows the mayor to seek special legislation creating an exemption from state procurement laws. This means the city could disqualify companies associated with nuclear weapons from competing for future city contracts.
Divesting from nuclear weapons companies is the only tangible means of reducing the influence and power of the nuclear weapons industry barring any legislation. The 28 companies that work to produce nuclear weapons, including recognizable names such as Boeing, Raytheon, and Honeywell International, bargain the safety of humanity for the sake of their yearly profit earnings.
This is another important step for the city following the Certificate of Treaty Alignment it received last month. The text of the order is below.
AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF NORTHAMPTON TO DISQUALIFY BIDDERS ON MUNICIPAL CONTRACTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE DESIGN, MANUFACTURE OR MAINTENANCE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Ordered that the Mayor is hereby authorized and requested to petition the General Court to the end that the following legislation be adopted precisely as follows. The General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Mayor approves amendments to the bill before enactment by the General Court.
The Mayor is hereby authorized to approve amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of this petition.
An Act Relative to Disqualification of Bidders on City Contracts
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in the General Court assembled as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter thirty B of the general laws and any other general or special law to the contrary, the City of Northampton may disqualify from an award of a contract any bidder or vendor who participates in the design, manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons. Such disqualification shall apply to any bidder that is a subsidiary entity controlled by a company that engages in the design, manufacture or maintenance of such weapons, and to any bidder that is a parent or holding entity of a subsidiary company that engages in the design, manufacture or maintenance of such weapons.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.