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Statute Text

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Article - State Finance and Procurement
§12–202.  
(a)   This section does not apply to capital expenditures by the Department of Transportation or the Maryland Transportation Authority, in connection with State roads, bridges, or highways.
(b)   Before execution, a contract for a capital expenditure other than in connection with a State correctional facility, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Morgan State University, or the University System of Maryland shall be:
(1)   reviewed by the Secretary of General Services; and
(2)   except as provided in § 12-203 of this subtitle and § 13-108 of this article, after that review, approved by the Board.
(c)   Before execution, a contract for a capital expenditure in connection with a State correctional facility shall be:
(1)   reviewed by the Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services; and
(2)   except as provided in § 12-203 of this subtitle, after that review, approved by the Board.
(d)   Before execution, a contract for a capital expenditure in connection with the University System of Maryland shall be:
(1)   subject to the provisions of Title 4, Subtitle 4 of this article;
(2)   approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland; and
(3)   approved by the Board of Public Works.
(e)   Before execution, a contract for a capital expenditure in connection with St. Mary’s College of Maryland shall be:
(1)   subject to the provisions of Title 4, Subtitle 4 of this article;
(2)   approved by the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and
(3)   approved by the Board of Public Works.
(f)   Before execution, a contract for a capital expenditure in connection with Morgan State University shall be:
(1)   subject to the provisions of Title 4, Subtitle 4 of this article;
(2)   approved by the Board of Regents of Morgan State University; and
(3)   approved by the Board of Public Works.
(g)   The Board shall supervise the expenditure of any money that the General Assembly appropriates for:
(1)   buildings;
(2)   equipment;
(3)   new construction; or
(4)   any other capital expenditure.