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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 57

(By Senators Plymale, Browning, Edgell, Foster, Laird, Stollings, Tucker, Wills, Boley and Wells)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study on the efficacy of the state’s cooperative purchasing process, including comparison to other state processes, and determine whether or not it would be beneficial to increase flexibility within the process.

    Whereas, The Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System recognizes unique aspects that make purchases by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) a hindrance; and

    Whereas, The same audit declares that the State procurement system provides neither adequate nor timely procurement services for certain operations; and 

    Whereas, West Virginia Code §5A-3-19 authorizes the Director of the Department of Administration, Division of Purchasing, to allow agencies to participate in consortium for the purchases of commodities or services with other public bodies if available and financially advantageous; and

    Whereas, Despite the authority to do so, the Department of Administration has determined that WVDE cannot use educational consortiums products and services without going through a Request for Proposal (RFP) or bid process, thereby creating a process that can take several months; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on the efficacy of the state’s cooperative purchasing process, including comparison to other state processes, and determine whether or not it would be beneficial to increase flexibility within the process; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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