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Statute Text

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Article - State Finance and Procurement
§12–203.  
(a)    (1)   The Board may adopt regulations that allow a unit of the State government to enter into a contract or make a change order related to a capital project without approval.
(2)   These regulations shall:
(i)   comply with this section; and
(ii)   be subject to the approval of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review.
(b)    (1)   Regulations adopted under this section shall:
(i)   establish an expenditure or use classification to determine which contracts or change orders may be made without Board approval;
(ii)   set an amount for each classification and require a unit of the State government to obtain approval of the Board if the annual dollar value of a contract and its change orders exceeds that amount; and
(iii)   require a unit of the State government to establish a reporting system approved by the Board to inform the Board about contracts or change orders entered into without Board approval.
(2)   The amount established by the Board under paragraph (1)(ii) of this subsection shall be an amount that:
(i)   frees the Board from direct review of relatively insignificant items; but
(ii)   does not impair the strong public policy favoring direct review by the Board for items that have a substantial fiscal impact.