COLORADO SPRINGS — A bill introduced in June 2008 that requires state agencies to offer first bids on manual labor contracts to organizations that employ disabled workers has been a blessing for hundreds, according to the Gazette
Justus Collins, a janitor at Pikes Peak Community College
, was given his job through Goodwill Industries International Inc.
, an organization that partners with various companies through the "state set-aside" program, the story stated.
According to the article, Collins, who has worked in various janitorial positions since 2000, had a stroke when he was born and suffers from cerebral palsy.
Collins, who recently moved into an apartment of his own, said: "My life changed dramatically. It helps me to get out of the house and go somewhere. To be able to have a job with Goodwill, that helps a lot."
The bill, which was sponsored by Representative Bob Gardner
, has helped Goodwill create 15 jobs through three contracts, the story noted.
Gardner wants to tighten up the law and, among other things, revise it to prevent out-of-state organizations from winning state contracts, the story added.