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SF 2462

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/11/2016 08:53am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to education; excluding contracts for information systems software
from the bidding process; amending Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.52,
subdivision 1.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.52, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Contracts.

A contract for work or labor, or for the purchase of
furniture, fixtures, or other property, except books registered under the copyright lawsnew text begin and
information systems software
new text end, or for the construction or repair of school houses, the
estimated cost or value of which shall exceed that specified in section 471.345, subdivision
3
, must not be made by the school board without first advertising for bids or proposals by
two weeks' published notice in the official newspaper. This notice must state the time and
place of receiving bids and contain a brief description of the subject matter.

Additional publication in the official newspaper or elsewhere may be made as the
board shall deem necessary.

After taking into consideration conformity with the specifications, terms of delivery,
and other conditions imposed in the call for bids, every such contract for which a call for
bids has been issued must be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, be duly executed
in writing, and be otherwise conditioned as required by law. The person to whom the
contract is awarded shall give a sufficient bond to the board for its faithful performance.
Notwithstanding section 574.26 or any other law to the contrary, on a contract limited to the
purchase of a finished tangible product, a board may require, at its discretion, a performance
bond of a contractor in the amount the board considers necessary. A record must be kept of
all bids, with names of bidders and amount of bids, and with the successful bid indicated
thereon. A bid containing an alteration or erasure of any price contained in the bid which
is used in determining the lowest responsible bid must be rejected unless the alteration or
erasure is corrected as provided in this section. An alteration or erasure may be crossed out
and the correction thereof printed in ink or typewritten adjacent thereto and initialed in ink
by the person signing the bid. In the case of identical low bids from two or more bidders,
the board may, at its discretion, utilize negotiated procurement methods with the tied low
bidders for that particular transaction, so long as the price paid does not exceed the low tied
bid price. In the case where only a single bid is received, the board may, at its discretion,
negotiate a mutually agreeable contract with the bidder so long as the price paid does not
exceed the original bid. If no satisfactory bid is received, the board may readvertise.
Standard requirement price contracts established for supplies or services to be purchased
by the district must be established by competitive bids. Such standard requirement price
contracts may contain escalation clauses and may provide for a negotiated price increase
or decrease based upon a demonstrable industrywide or regional increase or decrease in
the vendor's costs. Either party to the contract may request that the other party demonstrate
such increase or decrease. The term of such contracts must not exceed two years with an
option on the part of the district to renew for an additional two years. Contracts for the
purchase of perishable food items, except milk for school lunches and vocational training
programs, in any amount may be made by direct negotiation by obtaining two or more
written quotations for the purchase or sale, when possible, without advertising for bids or
otherwise complying with the requirements of this section or section 471.345, subdivision
3
. All quotations obtained shall be kept on file for a period of at least one year after receipt.

Every contract made without compliance with the provisions of this section shall be
void. Except in the case of the destruction of buildings or injury thereto, where the public
interest would suffer by delay, contracts for repairs may be made without advertising
for bids.