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    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, any governmental unit as defined in section 471.59, the state legislative
and judicial branches, 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, in consultation with the commissioner of administration, 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 may purchase items directly from
corrections industries. The bid solicitation process is not required for these purchases.
    (b) The commissioner of administration shall develop a contract or contracts to enable public
entities to purchase items directly from corrections industries. The commissioner of administration
shall require that all requests for bids or proposals, for items provided by corrections industries,
be forwarded to the commissioner of corrections to enable corrections industries to submit bids.
The commissioner of corrections shall consult with the commissioner of administration prior to
introducing new products to the state agency market.
    (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.
History: 1995 c 226 art 5 s 1; 1996 c 408 art 8 s 1; 1998 c 386 art 1 s 2; 2001 c 161 s 4;
2001 c 210 s 1; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 114; 2004 c 206 s 52; 2007 c 54 art 6 s 2; 2007 c 133 art 2 s 2