Only new state contracts would require approval

Senators gave first-round approval April 18 to a bill that would change a law passed last year.

Under a law passed in 2012, state agencies are required to submit a copy of the contract and a proof-of-need analysis on all contracts in excess of $15 million.

LB563, introduced by Omaha Sen. Bob Krist, would apply the approval requirement only to new state contracts.

“The overall intent is to establish an open and fair process using a performance-based contracting process,” he said.

Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery, the introducer of the original law, supported the bill.

“This will make government more efficient while still maintaining the essence of what we did last year,” Avery said.

Senators advanced the bill on a 36-0 vote.

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