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Session Laws, 1977
Volume 735, Page 3709   View pdf image
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MARVIN MANDEL, Governor                            3709 WHEREAS, The American Bar Association (ABA) has
released for study a Model Procurement Code which is
being examined in detail by a Special Committee on State
and Local Public Contract Law formed by the Maryland Bar
Association and which is also being reviewed by other
professional associations and government groups; and WHEREAS, The Fiscal Affairs and Government
Operations Committee of the Southern Legislative
Conference at a recent meeting endorsed the Model
Procurement Code concept and recommended that states
represented in the conference consider enactment of
legislation to provide for serious study and
consideration, with a view to adoption, of the Code; and WHEREAS, The Federal General Accounting Office (GAO)
has issued a report to Congress indicating that the
Maryland method of procuring professional services may
provide guidance for Federal practices; and WHEREAS, The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) has
conducted research on purchasing practices in 15 states,
including Maryland; and WHEREAS, The National Association of State
Purchasing Officials (NASPO) under the aegis of the
Council of State Governments, and through financial
support by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
(LEAA) has recently completed a thorough study of
purchasing by State and local governments which is the
first comprehensive research effort on this subject
encompassing the law, regulations, policies and
practices; and WHEREAS, The total dollar volume of State and local
government purchasing has grown dramatically during the
past decade to approximately $76 billion compared with
that of the entire Federal government estimated at about
$54 billion; and WHEREAS, There is a need for the establishment of a
system of coordinated and, to the extent feasible,
uniform purchasing and procurement practices; now,
the General Assembly finds that sound purchasing
operations contribute greatly to the economical and
effective operation of the State government, and of even
greater importance at this time, they are basic to public
confidence and trust in government; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the General Assembly is requested to
establish a Purchasing and Procurement Policies Task

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