Politics Yay Senate Bill 6427!
posted by January 22 at 9:45 AMon
I have to admit that all the haters in the comments threads get to me.
But it’s stuff like this that makes it all worth while: Last night, I was speaking to a group in Olympia and right before the program started, a senate aide walked up to me and handed me a print out of a bill and said: “I work for Senator Hobbs, and he wanted me to tell you that he read an article you wrote last year about no bid contracts, and he’s running this bill this session to fix the problem.”
Last May, I wrote an article detailing how the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District (the public board that manages the stadium) awarded a $100,000 lobbying contract to the Fearey Groupóa firm with interlocking ties to people on the Facilities District boardówithout an open public bid process.
Doing so was technically legal, but ran afoul of all the standards in place governing other local public agencies. Hobbs’s billówith bi-partisan supportówould fix the loophole governing public facilities districts so that they could not award such large contracts on the public’s dime without a competitive bid process.
Here’s the straight-forward description of Hobbs’s bill: Makes a public facilities district subject to the competitive solicitation requirements established in RCW 39.29.011 for personal service contracts notgoverned by the requirements in chapter 39.80 RCW.
The bill was referred to committee (Government Operations) and has a hearing on Thursday.
Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Snohomish, Marysville, Lake Stevens) is totally my favorite state senator right now.