16B.181 Purchases from corrections industries.
Subdivision 1. Definitions. As used in this section:
(1) "public entity" or "public entities" includes the state and an agency, department, or institution of the state, and state colleges and universities; and
(2) "items" includes articles, products, supplies, and services.
Subd. 2. Public entities; purchases from corrections industries. (a) The commissioner of corrections shall prepare updated lists of the items available for purchase from department of corrections industries and annually forward a copy of the most recent list to all public entities within the state. A public entity that is supported in whole or in part with funds from the state treasury shall purchase directly from corrections industries those items that are comparable in price, quality, and delivery time to items available from other vendors. An item is comparable in price if the price is no more than five percent higher than the lowest bid price.
(b) The commissioner of administration shall develop a contract pursuant to section 16B.09, to enable public entities to purchase items directly from corrections industries. The commissioner of administration, in consultation with the commissioner of corrections, shall determine the fair market price for listed items. In determining fair market price, the commissioner shall use competitive bidding, or shall consider open bid prices in previous years for similar products which meet the needs of the public entity.
(c) No public entity may evade the intent of this section by adopting slight variations in specifications, when Minnesota corrections industry items meet the reasonable needs and specifications of the public entity.
(d) As part of its ongoing audit process, the legislative auditor is requested to ensure that state agencies are in compliance with this section.
(e) The commissioners of administration and corrections shall appoint a joint task force to explore additional methods that support the philosophy of providing a substantial market opportunity to correctional industries that maximizes inmate work opportunities. The task force shall develop a plan and prepare a set of criteria with which to evaluate the effectiveness of the recommendations and initiatives in the plan. By February 15, 1997, the task force shall report to the chairs of the senate and house of representatives committees having jurisdiction over criminal justice funding.
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