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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO SCHOOL OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1.  Section 4 of chapter 30B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(a)  Except as permitted pursuant to this section and section 7, for the procurement of a supply or service for a governmental body in the amount of $10,000 or greater, but not more than $50,000, a procurement officer shall seek written quotations from not fewer than 3 persons customarily providing the supply or service; provided, however, that for the procurement of a supply or service for a municipal or regional school district, such amount shall be $10,000 or greater but not more than $100,000. The procurement officer shall record the: (i) names and addresses of all person from whom quotations were sought; (ii) purchase description used for the procurement; (iii) names of the persons submitting quotations; and (iv) date and amount of each quotation. Such information shall be retained in the file required pursuant to section 3. A governmental body may require that any procurement for the governmental body in an amount of not more than $50,000 shall be subject to section 5; provided, however, that any procurement for a municipal or regional school district such amount shall be not more than $100,000.

SECTION 2.  Section 5 of said chapter 30B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(a)  Except as permitted under section 6 or section 8, award of procurement contracts in the amount of more than $50,000 or, in the case of a municipal or regional school district, award of procurement contracts in the amount of more than $100,000, shall conform to the competitive sealed bidding procedures set forth in this section. This subsection shall not apply to contracts for the procurement of real property.

SECTION 3.  Said section 5 of said chapter 30B, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the figure “$50,000”, in line 38, the following words:- , or, for a municipal or regional school district, more than $100,000.

SECTION 4.  Section 6 of said chapter 30B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the figure “$50,000”, in line 2, the following words:- , or, a municipal or regional school district, more than $100,000,.

SECTION 5.  Section 6A of said chapter 30B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the figure “$50,000”, in line 2, the following words:- , or, a municipal or regional school district, more than $100,000.

SECTION 6.  Section 7 of said chapter 30B, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the figure “$50,000”, in line 2, the following words:- , or, a municipal or regional school district, more than $100,000,.

SECTION 7.  Section 56 of chapter 41 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by adding the following sentence:- This section shall not prohibit payment to be made for: (i) school travel prior to the date of travel; or (ii) the payment of software licenses, software maintenance agreements or online subscription services for school curriculum prior to the fiscal year in which services shall be rendered.

SECTION 8.  Section 53F½ of chapter 44 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “utility”, in line 4, the following words:- , school transportation service.

SECTION 9.  Said section 53F½ of said chapter 44, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the word “enterprise”, in line 22, the following words:- ; provided, that for a school transportation service the appropriate local entity shall be the school committee.

SECTION 10.  Section 49A of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 6, the words “, provided that no payment therefor shall” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- ; provided, however, that payment may.

SECTION 11.  Said chapter 71 is hereby further amended by adding the following section:-

Section 99.  Notwithstanding section 53 of chapter 44 or any other general or special law to the contrary, a school district may establish a School Transportation Reimbursement Fund. Reimbursements made by the commonwealth pursuant to this chapter may be deposited into the fund and may carry forward for 1 fiscal year. Funds received by a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city or town and held as a separate account and expended by the school committee for the purposes of school transportation without further appropriation.

SECTION 12.  Section 8A½ of chapter 90 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2020 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

The registrar shall act upon an application for a license issued pursuant to this section within 14 days after of submission to the registry.

Approved, August 26, 2022.