The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Press Release: House Majority Press
Pair of Procurement Bills Clear House
|HB 204 & HB 205 Modernize and Make State Contracting Process More Efficient|
Posted: April 11, 2011
Contact: Laura Pierre, 465-3777, Chief of Staff
(Juneau) - The Alaska House today unanimously passed a pair of bills to modernize, streamline and provide clarity and fairness to the state's procurement code.
It has been years since our codes have been modernized and there are tools now available that stand to streamline the processes and make them more efficient and effective.
~ Sen. Anna MacKinnon
House Bills 204 and 205, sponsored by Finance Vice-Chair Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, make a number of improvements to the processes the state uses when soliciting and awarding contracts.
"It has been years since our codes have been modernized and there are tools now available that stand to streamline the processes and make them more efficient and effective," Fairclough said. "One of the ways we can tell our contractors, both large and small, that we're open for business is by making it easier for them to do business with the state. We've heard from many that the contract bid process is in need of an update and HB 204 and HB 205 provide that."
HB 204 clarifies the Alaska business license requirements, doubles the dollar amounts for small procurements (to $100 thousand) and construction (to $200 thousand,) and increases the lease space requirement from three thousand square feet to seven thousand. The bill also allows for electronic signatures when filing bids.
HB 205 makes applications of bidder preferences uniform and clarifies which preferences are cumulative, while also placing them under the same statute, among other changes.
HB 204 & HB 205 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.