Lawmakers Once Again Reviewing Idaho’s Purchasing Laws
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say the state's contracting system has improved under newly implemented reforms, but they are now urging the Legislature to consider clarifying legally confusing language still tucked inside the state's 40-year-old purchasing laws.
A group of state lawmakers met Monday to once again review Idaho's procurement policies. Earlier this year they convinced fellow lawmakers to increase training on purchasing rules and adopt ethics guidelines for drafting contracts. Now they hope to finalize a second round of recommendations for the 2017 legislative session.
Idaho's system has come under scrutiny recently, particularly after a district judge in 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.