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The entire committee will meet again Sept. 30 — the same day most members will travel to Arizona to tour two prison facilities — to approve a final version of the document.
The group may be able to follow other deadlines in the document, which sets a deadline for submissions of Oct. 25. The committee would then evaluate bids, hold public hearings and decide whether to recommend one or more proposals by Jan. 10, 2014, followed by a written recommendation to Gov. Gary Herbert and the Legislative Management Committee. But several committee members said they are not inclined to rush a decision that would impact the state for decades.
More pay for consultant, added meeting
The Prison Relocation Authority Committee agreed Monday to increase pay from $300,000 to $500,000 for a consultant to help it shape the bid request and evaluate proposals after receiving only two applications. It also will meet again Friday at 2 p.m. to review and discuss what should be in the request for proposals.
The draft would bar bidders from keeping all or a large portion of a proposal confidential, which drew support from some committee members who advocated for a transparent process.
"The ultimate decision maker is the people of the state," said Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George. "They need a chance to influence us, influence the Legislature, and I don’t feel comfortable making a decision on information they can’t see."
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