California Government Code
Title 1. General
Division 7. Miscellaneous
Chapter 5. Joint Exercise of Powers
Article 1. Joint Powers Agreements
CA GOVT. CODE § 6500.
As used in this article, “public agency” includes, but is not limited to, the federal government or any federal department or agency, this state, another state or any state department or agency, a county, county board of education, county superintendent of schools, city, public corporation, public district, regional transportation commission of this state or another state, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, or any joint powers authority formed pursuant to this article by any of these agencies.
CA GOVT. CODE § 6502.
If authorized by their legislative or other governing bodies, two or more public agencies by agreement may jointly exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including, but not limited to, the authority to levy a fee, assessment, or tax, even though one or more of the contracting agencies may be located outside this state.
It shall not be necessary that any power common to the contracting parties be exercisable by each such contracting party with respect to the geographical area in which such power is to be jointly exercised. For purposes of this section, two or more public agencies having the power to conduct agricultural, livestock, industrial, cultural, or other fairs or exhibitions shall be deemed to have common power with respect to any such fair or exhibition conducted by any one or more of such public agencies or by an entity created pursuant to a joint powers agreement entered into by such public agencies.
Public Contract Code
Division 2. General Provisions
Part 2. Contracting by State Agencies
Chapter 2. State Acquisition of Goods and Services
Article 2. Approval of Contracts
CA PUB. CONT. CODE § 10295.
(a) All contracts entered into by any state agency for (1) the acquisition of goods or elementary school textbooks, (2) services, whether or not the services involve the furnishing or use of goods or are performed by an independent contractor, (3) the construction, alteration, improvement, repair, or maintenance of property, real or personal, or (4) the performance of work or services by the state agency for or in cooperation with any person, or public body, are void unless and until approved by the department. Every contract shall be transmitted with all papers, estimates, and recommendations concerning it to the department and, if approved by the department, shall be effective from the date of the approval.
(b) This section applies to any state agency that by general or specific statute is expressly or impliedly authorized to enter into transactions referred to in this section.
CA PUB. CONT. CODE § 10299
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the director may consolidate the needs of multiple state agencies for information technology, goods and services, and, pursuant to the procedures established in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12100), establish contracts, master agreements, multiple award schedules, cooperative agreements, including agreements with entities outside the state, and other types of agreements that leverage the state’s buying power, for acquisitions authorized under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 10290), Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12100), and Chapter 3.6 (commencing with Section 12125). State agencies and local agencies may contract with suppliers awarded the contracts without further competitive bidding.
(b) The director may make the services of the department available, upon the terms and conditions agreed upon, to any school district empowered to expend public funds. These school districts may, without further competitive bidding, utilize contracts, master agreements, multiple award schedules, cooperative agreements, or other types of agreements established by the department for use by school districts for the acquisition of information technology, goods, and services. The state shall incur no financial responsibility in connection with the contracting of local agencies under this section.