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Lawmakers look at ways to improve state contract rules

A group of lawmakers looking for ways to improve Idaho's contract system has pulled together a long list of possibilities, including increased training for contract managers, the creation of new ethics policies and whether agencies should be able to opt out of statewide purchasing agreements, the AP reports. "My experience tells me — and I think your experience may tell you too — that our purchasing process is not entirely broken," Department of Administration Director Bob Geddes told an interim legislative committee on Thursday. "In fact it may not be broken at all. But there are some things that may be improved."

You can read a full report here from AP reporter Rebecca Boone; the committee is examining the state's contracting system in the wake of several scandals, including an illegally awarded $60 million school broadband contract that was voided by a judge earlier this year. They are tasked with making the system airtight against future scandals, while still keeping it accessible enough to attract the companies that provide paper, gasoline or other goods to state agencies.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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