Senate Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Government ethics and procurement of certain services. Requires a political subdivision to comply with certain procedures when acquiring the services of architects, engineers, and land surveyors. (Under current law, the procedures are not mandatory.) Requires a public agency awarding a contract for the services of architects, engineers, and land surveyors to publicly post, for each firm that submits a statement of qualifications for a project, the public agency's evaluation of the firm for the project. Provides that a firm may not make a contribution to an individual who holds an elected office of the political subdivision awarding a contract for Government ethics and procurement of certain services. Requires a political subdivision to comply with certain procedures when acquiring the services of architects, engineers, and land surveyors. (Under current law, the procedures are not mandatory.) Requires a public agency awarding a contract for the services of architects, engineers, and land surveyors to publicly post, for each firm that submits a statement of qualifications for a project, the public agency's evaluation of the firm for the project. Provides that a firm may not make a contribution to an individual who holds an elected office of the political subdivision awarding a contract for the services of architects, engineers, and land surveyors during the period after the notice or solicitation is issued and before a contract is awarded if: (1) the individual is also a member of the legislative or executive branch of that political subdivision that has final approval of the contract; and (2) the legislative or executive branch of that political subdivision has supervisory authority over the public agency issuing the notice for the contract. Provides that a violation is cured if the prohibited contribution is returned to the firm making the contribution, or the contract officer makes a written determination that awarding the contract to the firm is in the best interests of the public agency. Provides that, if a firm makes a prohibited contribution and the violation is not cured, the firm is considered nonresponsible by the public agency for a period of one year beginning with the date of the award of the contract. Provides that only contributions that are reportable under Indiana campaign finance law are restricted. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the topic of political contributions made to an individual holding a state elected office by offerors and contractors awarded, or submitting offers or bids for possible award of, contracts for supplies or services, including professional services, or a public works project in response to solicitations issued by the state. ... View more