SECTION 1. Chapter 127 of General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 87A. The department of correction and county houses of correction shall negotiate contracts for local and long distance telephone service on the basis of offering the lowest cost to end consumers. The commonwealth, the department of correction and the county houses of correction shall not accept commissions, services, salary or rent payments, or goods from the providers of prisoner telephone service, other than telephones and associated hardware required for installation, upkeep and function of the prisoner telephone system. The department of correction shall negotiate its future contracts to give the county houses of correction the option to join the contract under the same terms. The commonwealth, the department of correction and the county houses of correction shall negotiate contracts for telephone service separately from that of other services.
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