Sen. Harris: State contracts need independent review

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Legislation to give the General Assembly more oversight over the outsourcing of state government will be heard in the state Senate on Tuesday.

"Gov. Haslam has proposed a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to state government with a plan to outsource thousands of jobs to a for-profit company," Sen. Harris said. "Democrats have held fact-finding trips to state universities to hear directly from state employees, faculty and students to learn how the plan would affect them. They said unequivocally that the plan would be a disaster. On top of that, you have UT administrators saying 'there's no way you can do this and pretend that we're going to be approaching the top 25' research universities in the country.

"It's increasingly clear we need more oversight over state contracts. The legislation would ensure that for all contracts exceeding $5 million, the General Assembly will give them a top-down, independent review.

"The good news is, the governor has recently announced the need for independent review of these transformational changes in our state. This bill is in that same spirit of a need for independent review."

SB 1926 will be presented in the Senate State and Local committee at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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