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A subcommittee that met after Monday’s meeting to review the draft document also quickly decided it was uncomfortable discussing its parameters outside public scrutiny, Summerhays said. It set an open meeting for Friday at 2 p.m. to review and discuss what should be in the request for proposals.
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.
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 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.
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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