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Competitive Bidding Bill Clears State Senate

By John Forester | November 1, 2017

Yesterday, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 236 on a voice vote.  The SAA opposes SB 236.

You might recall that, Senate Bill 236 would require that a school board, before entering into a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or improvement of a public school building or public school facilities or for the furnishing of supplies or materials with an estimated cost greater than $50,000, must advertise or direct the school district clerk to advertise for proposals and must let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

The bill would also prohibit a school board from using a bidding method that gives preference based on the geographic location of the bidder or that uses criteria other than the lowest responsible bidder in awarding a contract.

The competitive bidding bill has had a public hearing in the Assembly (AB 307).  The SAA will keep you informed of any developments regarding this important legislation.

Several other education-related bills passed the Senate on voice votes including the following:

Assembly Bill 280. Relating to: incorporating financial literacy into the curriculum of public schools.  SAA was neutral on the bill.  SAA and WASB worked with the authors to ensure a “soft” requirement that we believe that most if not all districts already meet.  The bill has now passed both houses and moves to the Governor’s desk.

Senate Bill 253. Relating to: prohibiting aiding and abetting sexual abuse.  The SAA supports this bill.

Senate Bill 301. Relating to: summer school and interim session classes.  The SAA supports this bill.

Senate Bill 382.  Relating to:   screening school district employees for tuberculosis.  The SAA supports this bill.

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