- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Senate panel is endorsing a new task force that will recommend changes for Idaho’s rules for entering contracts.

The move follows the collapse of the state’s $60 million broadband contract, which left individual school districts scrambling for piecemeal replacements after a district judge voided the statewide agreement.

The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved forming the committee Tuesday, which would report back to the Legislature next session.

Republican Rep. Luke Malek from Coeur d’Alene, who is sponsoring the bipartisan plan, says that the recent problems have prompted a comprehensive look at the rules.

The resolution says that lawmakers also hope to save money in the future by changing its purchasing policies. The rules haven’t been fully updated for roughly 40 years.

The proposal has already unanimously passed the House.

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