The Department of General Services shall have the power, and its duty shall be:
(a) To edit the Capitol Telephone Directory and the Directory of State Publications;
(b)(1) With the approval of the Governor, to determine the need, size, character, quantity, and method of distribution of the various publications to be printed for the use of or distribution by the several departments, boards, commissions and other agencies engaged in the administrative work of the State Government: Provided, That in the case of reports made by the several departments, boards, or commissions, the department, board, or commission making the report shall be consulted with regard to the need, size, character, quantity and method of distribution of such reports;
(2) With the approval of the Governor, and of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, to determine the size, character, quantity, and method of distribution of the various publications to be printed for the use of the judicial department;
(3) Unless specifically authorized by act or resolution, no public printing and binding shall be ordered, performed, or furnished by the department for any department, board, commission, or other agency, of the State Government, until a requisition for said work or materials has been presented to the department, duly signed by the head or the person or persons who may be given such authority by the head of the department, or the chief executive officer, or other authorized representative of the board, commission, or other agency of the State Government making such requisition;
(4) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the State System of Higher Education or any member institution.
(c) To compile and edit a State Manual, which shall be published annually or biennially, under such name as the department and the Governor shall determine. The members and officers of the Senate and House of Representatives shall be given for distribution of said publication, not less than the number that they were heretofore given of Smull's Legislative Hand Book. The number to be published for the several State departments, boards, and commissions shall be fixed by the department, with the approval of the Governor. If in the judgment of the department, it is deemed advisable to publish copies of said manual in addition to those herein authorized, which can be sold at the cost of printing and binding, the department is authorized to publish such additional copies, and pay the amount realized from the sale of same to the State Treasurer, through the Department of Revenue.
(d)(1) To enter into contracts for furnishing all printing used in the Legislative Reference Bureau and other departments of the government, and the printing, binding and distributing of the laws, journals, department reports, and all other printing and binding, lithographing, cuts, plates, dies and supplies and materials incident thereto, which contracts shall be given to the lowest responsible bidder below such maximum price and under such regulations as are prescribed by this act, and shall be subject to the approval of the Governor, Auditor General and State Treasurer;
(2) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the State System of Higher Education or any member institution.
(e) To distribute all documents, upon requisition of the persons entitled to make requisition therefor, by causing the same to be packed in packages or boxes addressed as required in the requisition, and delivered personally at the office of the department, or free at the post office, express or freight office, indicated in the requisition: Provided, That the department shall not, without the consent of the Governor, honor any requisition from any administrative department, board, or commission, after the amount of any annual appropriation for documents allocated to such department, board, or commission, shall have been expended for such department, board, or commission;
(f) To furnish blank requisition forms at cost to all persons entitled to make requisitions upon the department for documents, stationery, furniture, or supplies of any character;
(g) Repealed by 1998, May 15, P.L. 358, No. 57, § 6(a) , effective in 180 days.
(h) Repealed by 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1395, No. 173, § 4 , imd. effective.
(i) To copyright, in the name of the Commonwealth, all publications of the Commonwealth, or of any department, board, or commission or officer thereof, including the State Reports, which under existing or future laws it shall be necessary to have copyrighted, and such other publications as the Secretary of Property and Supplies, 1 with the approval of the Governor, shall deem it advisable to copyright;
(j) Repealed by 2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1395, No. 173, § 4 , imd. effective.
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