Arkansas Code Annotated

Title 19. Public Finance

Chapter 11. Purchasing and Contracts

Subchapter 2. Arkansas Procurement Law

ARK. CODE ANN. § 19-11-206 Definitions concerning intergovernmental relations.

As used in this subchapter:

(1) “Cooperative procurement” means procurement conducted by, or on behalf of, more than one (1) public procurement unit or by a public procurement unit with an external procurement activity;

(2)         (A) “External procurement activity” means any buying organization not located in this state which, if located in this state, would qualify as a public procurement unit.

(B) An agency of the federal government is an external procurement activity;

(3) “Local public procurement unit” means:

(A) Any county, city, town, state agency, and any other subdivision of the state or public agency thereof;

(B) Any fire protection district;

(C) Any regional water distribution district;

(D) Any rural development authority;

(E) Any public authority;

(F) Any public educational, health, or other institution;

(G) Any nonprofit corporation during the time that it contracts with the Department of Human Services to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities or for transportation services, so long as the contract exceeds seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000) per year;

(H) Any nonprofit corporation providing fire protection services to a rural area or providing drinking water to the public in a rural area; and

(I) To the extent not prohibited by law, any other entity that expends public funds for the acquisition or leasing of commodities and services;

(4) “Public procurement unit” means either a local public procurement unit or a state public procurement unit; and

(5) “State public procurement unit” means the Office of State Procurement and any other procurement agency of this state.

ARK. CODE ANN. §19-11-249 Cooperative purchasing.

Any public procurement unit may participate in, sponsor, conduct, or administer a cooperative purchasing agreement for the acquisition of any commodities or services with one (1) or more public procurement units or external procurement activities in accordance with an agreement entered into between the participants. Such cooperative purchasing may include, but is not limited to, joint or multiparty contracts between public procurement units and open-ended state public procurement unit contracts which are made available to local public procurement units.

ARK. CODE ANN. §19-11-251 Intergovernmental use of commodities or services.

Any public procurement unit may enter into an agreement with any other public procurement unit or external procurement activity for the intergovernmental use of commodities, technical and general services, or professional and consultant services under the terms agreed upon between the parties and in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated under this subchapter, independent of the requirements of:

(1) Sections 19-11-204, 19-11-228 — 19-11-240, and 19-11-263 that refer to source selection and contract formation; and

(2) Sections 19-11-205, 19-11-242, and 19-11-243 that refer to commodity management.

Title 25. State Government

Chapter 20. Interlocal Cooperation Act

Subchapter 1. General Provisions

ARK. CODE ANN. § 25-20-106.  Agreements for joint or cooperative action — Submission to and approval by state officer or agency controlling services or facilities.

(a) In the event that an agreement made pursuant to this chapter shall deal in whole or in part with the provision of services or facilities with regard to which an officer or agency of the state government has constitutional or statutory powers of control, the agreement, as a condition precedent to its entry into force, shall be submitted to the state officer or agency having the power of control and shall be approved or disapproved by him or her or it as to all matters within his or her or its jurisdiction in the same manner and subject to the same requirements governing the action of the Attorney General pursuant to § 25-20-104(f).

(b) This requirement of submission and approval shall be in addition to and not in substitution for the requirement of submission to and approval by the Attorney General.

ARK. CODE ANN. § 25-20-104.  Agreements for joint or cooperative action — Authority to make — Requirements generally.

(a) Any governmental powers, privileges, or authority exercised or capable of exercise by a public agency of this state alone may be exercised and enjoyed jointly with any other public agency of this state which has the same powers, privileges, or authority under the law and jointly with any public agency of any other state of the United States which has the same powers, privileges, or authority, but only to the extent that laws of the other state or of the United States permit the joint exercise or enjoyment.

(b) Any two (2) or more public agencies may enter into agreements with one another for joint cooperative action pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. Appropriate action by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise pursuant to law of the governing bodies of the participating public agencies shall be necessary before the agreement may enter into force.

(f)  (1) Every agreement made under this section prior to and as a condition precedent to its entry into force shall be submitted to the Attorney General, who shall determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with the laws of this state.

(2) The Attorney General shall approve any agreement submitted to him or her under this section unless he or she finds that it does not meet the conditions set forth in this section and shall detail, in writing addressed to the governing bodies of the public agencies concerned, the specific respects in which the proposed agreement fails to meet the requirements of law.

(3) Failure to disapprove an agreement submitted hereunder within sixty (60) days of its submission shall constitute approval thereof.

Arkansas Constitution


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(c) A county may, for any public purpose, contract, cooperate, or join with any other county, or with any political subdivisions of the State or any other states or their political subdivisions, or with the United States.

Arkansas Administrative Rules

R1: 19-11-249 Cooperative purchasing

Cooperative purchasing contracts or agreements must be approved by the Director of the Office of State Procurement prior to being entered into by a state public procurement unit.