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Bill Detail: HB19-1249

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Title Safety And Accountability In School Contracts
Status Introduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/15/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors R. Galindo (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/15/2019
Description

Beginning October 1, 2019, before entering into a professional
services contract with personnel costs of $200,000 or more, school
districts are required to:

  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis of contracting for the
services rather than using district personnel to perform the
services, to be completed prior to making a
recommendation to contract for services;
  • Hold at least one public hearing conducted by the school
district prior to soliciting bids to provide professional
services and before entering into a contract for professional
services;
  • Allow competitive bidding for the contract;
  • Review of all bids in a regularly scheduled school board
meeting, unless a special meeting is authorized; and
  • Provide an opportunity for affected employees to counter
the competitive bid.
The bill defines the types of professional services to which the
contract requirements apply and excludes educational services and
professional services procured in the normal course of business for school
construction. The contract requirements do not apply to a small rural
school district, board of cooperative services, time-limited contract that
the school district enters into because of an emergency, or the renewal of
an existing contract entered into before October 1, 2019.
The bill also requires a contractor for a contract in any dollar
amount to provide proof of liability insurance equivalent in amount and
scope with that provided by the school district for the contracting activity.
Further, a school district shall not enter into a contract for professional
services with a contractor that has committed unfair labor practices within
the 5 years preceding the date that bids are solicited. In addition, the
school district shall not enter into a contract that takes effect prior to the
expiration of an existing collective bargaining agreement concerning the
employees impacted by the new contract. The contractor may offer
available employee positions to the existing employees.

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