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Legislative contract in which member may be interested

Using a competitive bidding process, the state of Colorado (acting through the Legislative Council of the General Assembly) will be considering proposals from vendors for a contract to create an innovative new mobile device application (or “app”) that will compile and categorize all the committee and floor votes cast by Colorado state legislators each session.  You are currently a member of the Colorado State Senate and serve on the Legislative Council, which is responsible for both reviewing proposals from vendors that seek to perform services for the General Assembly and for making the final selection of a vendor. You are also the 51% owner of a closely held software development corporation, AppMaker, which builds customized apps for a variety of purposes. AppMaker’s other shareholders want to submit a bid for the contract.


Correct answer:If AppMaker submits a bid and is awarded the contract, you must disclose your personal interest in, and vote “no” on, the contract is FALSE.
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Voting against the selection of AppMaker will not put you in compliance with section 24-18-201, C.R.S. That is, if the transaction involves a "contract" in which you are "interested", as those terms are defined, the law requires that you disclose your interest and refrain from voting. The prohibition from voting is absolute; the statute does not distinguish between favorable or unfavorable votes.  Thus, the fact that you would be voting against the selection of a vendor in which you are interested is irrelevant.

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Last updated: 09 OCT 2015

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