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NO. 77. AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL DISTRICT PURCHASE OF ITEMS THROUGH THE STATE PURCHASING PROCESS.

(H.620)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. § 559(e) is amended to read:

(e) Application of this section. Any contract entered into or purchase made in violation of the provisions of this section shall be null and void; provided, however, that:

(1) the provisions of this section shall not apply to contracts for the purchase of books or other materials of instruction*[, and provided further that]*;

(2) a school board may name in the specifications and invitations for bids under this section, the particular make, kind, or brand of article or articles to be purchased or contracted for*[, and provided further that]*;

(3) nothing in this section shall apply to emergency repairs;

(4) nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a school board from awarding a school nutrition contract after using any method of bidding or requests for proposals permitted under federal law for award of the contract;

(5) nothing in this section shall prevent school districts or supervisory unions from entering into agreements with other school districts or supervisory unions to conduct joint bidding procedures otherwise consistent with this section; and

(6) nothing in this section shall require a school board to invite or advertise for bids if it elects to purchase goods, materials or supplies through

the commissioner of buildings and general services, pursuant to chapter 49 of Title 29.

Approved: March 31, 2000