2007 Regular Session
To: Universities and Colleges; Appropriations
By: Representative Watson
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING TO REESTABLISH AN EQUIPMENT LEASING AND PURCHASE PROGRAM FOR THE STATE INSTITUTIONS AND UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) As used in this section, the term "state institutions of higher learning" means those institutions identified in Section 37-101-1 and the University Research Center.
(2) The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning may establish an equipment leasing and purchase program for the use of the state institutions of higher learning. In establishing and administering the program, the board may perform the following actions:
(a) Adopt policies and procedures to implement the program;
(b) Establish offices or subordinate units as may be necessary for the administration of the program;
(c) Adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the program;
(d) Acquire by purchase, lease or lease-purchase contract and retain or transfer ownership or possession of instructional and other equipment;
(e) Contract for the leasing of such properties and for the financing of leases and purchases;
(f) Enter into contracts with others to provide any services deemed necessary and advisable by the board;
(g) Make purchases and enter into leases according to the requirements of the state public purchasing laws and the requirements of those laws establishing the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services;
(h) Enter into lease financing agreements in connection with purchases made under the authority of this section;
(i) Require the transfer of appropriations of general funds or self-generated funds from the state institutions to those funds that the board may determine are required in connection with any lease financing agreements;
(j) Develop administrative methods for determining age, useful life, replacement value, current use, condition and other characteristics of instructional and research equipment at the state institutions and research facilities;
(k) Determine obsolescence of the equipment and establish priorities for replacement or provision of the equipment or its transfer to another state institution that can continue to utilize it; and
(l) Develop long-range plans for the orderly and systematic acquisition and utilization of the instructional and research equipment in order to eliminate waste and duplication, provide the maximum efficiency of use for expenditures, and achieve equitable allocations of equipment funds to the state institutions consistent with the roles of the institutions and disciplines served.
(3) All state institutions desiring to purchase, lease or lease-purchase equipment involving an expenditure or expenditures of more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) must procure that equipment under the equipment leasing and purchase program unless funds for the procurement of the equipment under the program are unavailable or the equipment can be procured elsewhere at an overall cost lower than that for which the equipment can be procured under the program.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.