Idaho Lawmakers Scrutinize State’s Contracting System
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are considering revamping the state's contracting system after seeing a string of scandals plague some of Idaho's most expensive contracts.
An Idaho legislative committee met Wednesday to discuss the issue, but won't finalize a recommendation for the 2016 legislative session until later this year. Idaho spent roughly $1.5 billion last year to issue more than 41,400 contracts. But the system has come under fire, particularly after a district judge in February voided a $60 million contract that provided broadband access in public schools.
The judge determined state officials violated Idaho procurement laws by amending the contract after it had been awarded. Republican Rep. Neil Anderson of Blackfoot says it's up to the committee to pinpoint, if any, weaknesses that can be improved in the state's contracting method.