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SF 3572

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/25/2020 09:31am

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

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A bill for an act
relating to school district transportation contracts; clarifying transportation
contracting; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.52, as amended.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 123B.52, as amended by Laws 2019, First
Special Session chapter 11, article 6, section 3, is amended to read:


123B.52 CONTRACTS.

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 laws and information
systems software, 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, except as provided in
subdivision new text begin3 or new text end7. 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.

Subd. 1a.

Construction contracts.

A project labor agreement is a hiring agreement that
establishes wages, uniform work schedules, and rules for dispute resolution to manage
construction projects that generally require, among other things, payment of union dues or
fees to a labor organization or membership in or affiliation with a labor organization. A
school board must adopt at a public meeting a written resolution authorizing a project labor
agreement to construct or repair a facility through a contract or bid. The board must publish
in the official newspaper of the district notice of the meeting at least 30 days in advance.

Subd. 1b.

Best value alternative.

As an alternative to the procurement method described
in subdivision 1, a contract for construction, building, alteration, improvement, or repair
work may be awarded to the vendor or contractor offering the best value under a request
for proposals as described in section 16C.28, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2), and
paragraph (c).

Subd. 2.

Contract within budgeted amounts.

The board may authorize its superintendent
or business manager to lease, purchase, and contract for goods and services within the budget
as approved by the board. Any transaction in an amount exceeding the minimum amount
for which bids are required must first be specifically authorized by the board and must fulfill
all other applicable requirements in subdivision 1.

Subd. 3.

Transportation; fuel.

Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or
section 471.345, a contract for the transportation of school children, or a contract for the
purchase of petroleum heating fuel or fuel for vehicles may be made by direct negotiation,
by obtaining two or more written quotations for the service when possible, or upon sealed
bids. At least 30 days before awarding a directly negotiated contract, the district must, by
published notice, request quotations for the service to be provided. All quotations obtained
must be kept on file for a period of at least one year after receipt. If a contract is made by
direct negotiation, all quotations must be public information. If a contract is made upon
sealed bids, the procedure for advertising and awarding bids shall conform to the provisions
of subdivision 1 except as otherwise provided in this subdivision.

Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision 1 or section 574.26, a performance bond
must be required of a contractor on a contract for the transportation of school children only
when deemed necessary by and at the discretion of the board. Such a performance bond
must be in the amount determined by the board.

Subd. 4.

Asbestos removal and polychlorinated biphenyls cleanup.

Notwithstanding
any law to the contrary, districts may, without an election, enter into contracts extending
beyond the end of the fiscal year to pay the costs of removal or encapsulation of asbestos
or cleanup of polychlorinated biphenyls found in school buildings or on school property.

Subd. 5.

Contracts with board members.

Members of the board are authorized to
contract with, to work for, and furnish supplies to the district subject to the provisions of
section 471.87.

Subd. 6.

Disposing of surplus school computers.

(a) Notwithstanding section 471.345,
governing school district contracts made upon sealed bid or otherwise complying with the
requirements for competitive bidding, other provisions of this section governing school
district contracts, or other law to the contrary, a school district under this subdivision may
dispose of school computers, including a tablet device.

(b) A school district may dispose of a surplus school computer and related equipment
if the district disposes of the surplus property by conveying the property and title to:

(1) another school district;

(2) the state Department of Corrections;

(3) the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities;

(4) the family of a student residing in the district whose total family income meets the
federal definition of poverty; or

(5) a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that
is registered with the attorney general's office for educational use.

(c) If surplus school computers are not disposed of under paragraph (b), upon adoption
of a written resolution of the school board, when updating or replacing school computers,
including tablet devices, used primarily by students, a school district may sell or give used
computers or tablets to qualifying students at the price specified in the written resolution.
A student is eligible to apply to the school board for a computer or tablet under this
subdivision if the student is currently enrolled in the school and intends to enroll in the
school in the year following the receipt of the computer or tablet. If more students apply
for computers or tablets than are available, the school must first qualify students whose
families are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and then dispose of the remaining
computers or tablets by lottery.

Subd. 7.

Food service contracts.

A contract between a school board and a food service
management company that complies with Code of Federal Regulations, title 7, section
210.16, may be renewed annually after its initial term for not more than four additional
years.