Applying State Procurement Procedures to Counties Increases Costs, Strains Operations

MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler testified on March 3, 2020 to the House Health & Government Operations Committee to oppose HB 991 – Procurement – Transparency and Application to County Contracts. The bill would require that all procurement contracts using state funds in any form be subject to all state procurement regulations. The bill would also impose several new notice requirements for county procurement contracts that involve the use of state funds.

From the MACo Testimony:

HB 991 redefines the term “unit” in state procurement law to include county government entities. This would subject county procurement contracts that leverage any amount of state money to state regulations causing counties to adopt two separate procurement procedures.
Counties often work with the state entity from which they received funds, however requiring two separate policies for county procurement would be costly and inefficient.

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