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SA 205. Mr. SANDERS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC. __. PARTICIPATION BY COOPERATIVE GROCERIES.
(a) Amendment.--Section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
"(36) COOPERATIVE GROCERIES.--
"(A) DEFINITION.--In this paragraph, the term `cooperative grocery' means a business concern organized as a cooperative that--
"(i) is owned by not fewer than 150 and not more than 20,000 individuals--
"(I) that are customers or employees of the business concern; and
"(II) no 1 of which owns more than 1 share of the business concern;
"(ii) distributes any portion of the profits of the business concern to the owners of the cooperative; and
"(iii) operates a physical storefront selling a variety of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
"(B) ELIGIBILITY.--Notwithstanding section 120.110 of title 13, Code of Federal Regulations, for purposes of this subsection, a cooperative grocery shall be deemed to be a small business concern.".
(b) Technical Amendment.--Section 1133(b) of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 636 note) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (1), by striking "and" at the end;
(2) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
"(3) by redesignating paragraph (36), as added by the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011, as paragraph (35).".


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 15, 2011.)