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DOC Food Reprocurement

SECTION 181.   Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the department of correction shall reprocure food and commissary services provided at all institutions with a contract to decrease expenses and increase efficiencies throughout the department. The department shall solicit new bids for such services and reprocurement shall be subject to an open and competitive bid process. The department of correction shall file a report with the house and senate committees on ways and means on the reprocurement progress and projected cost-savings on or before January 15, 2014. In executing the reprocurement of such services, the department shall notify each county sheriff who may elect to participate in the reprocurement of such services.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because the Department of Correction recently reprocured its food and commissary contracts after lengthy processes, and it cannot interfere with existing contracts.