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SB 1256 - School districts; procurement practices; auditors

Tracking Level: Support
Sponsor: Rick Gray
Last Action: 4/11/2019 - Chapter 85
Senate Committee: Rules
House Committee: Rules
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This bill is an emergency measure that removes several changes to school district procurement code that were made during the 2018 legislative session.

  • Repeals the requirement that SBE adopt rules for school district procurement requiring contracts for materials, services, goods, construction or construction services to be awarded based on the lowest qualified bidder.
  • Removes the prohibition on a school district hiring the same auditor or auditing firm for more than three consecutive years.
  • Removes the prohibition on an auditor or auditing firm hired by a school district receiving consulting fees from the district.

Requires the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) to establish a school procurement consulting pilot program.

  • Requires, by July 1, 2019, each school district to submit to ADOA a report that includes all upcoming procurements of construction services and alternative project delivery methods
  • Requires ADOA to select and provide procurement consulting services for three school districts with ongoing or planned procurements of construction services, at least one with an ADM between 2,000 and 8,000 students, and at least one with an ADM of less than 2,000 students.
  • Requires ADOA to provide guidance and advice to procurement evaluation committees and prohibits ADOA from serving as a voting member of the committee.
  • Requires selected school districts to allow ADOA to assist in:
    • a) drafting specifications
    • developing solicitations
    • managing the procurement and construction processes
    • reviewing all bids, proposals, responses to requests for information, technical offers, statements of qualifications, specifications and protests
  • Requires ADOA, by December 15, 2020, to submit a report of the findings to the Governor, President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives and provide a copy to the Secretary of State.
  • Repeals the Pilot Program on February 16, 2021. 

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School districts; procurement practices; auditors


School districts; procurement practices; auditors

Introduction Date:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019