Idaho Panel Introduces State Contracting Overhaul Bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After months of gathering testimony, reviewing studies and hearing from experts, Idaho's legislative interim committee in charge of recommending changes to the state's purchasing laws has submitted its list of changes to the Idaho Legislature.
Rep. Neil Anderson, a Republican from Blackfoot, submitted the 33-page bill to the House Commerce and Human Resources Committee on Thursday. Anderson says the bill would require anyone who handles state contracts must undergo training by the Division of Purchasing. It also outlines ethical procedures for state workers to follow while going through the purchasing process.
Idaho's system has come under scrutiny, particularly after a district judge in early 2015 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.