Idaho Statutes

Title 67. State Government and State Affairs

Chapter 23. Miscellaneous Provisions


IDAHO CODE ANN. § 67-2327. Definitions

“Public agency” means any city or political subdivision of this state, including, but not limited to counties; school districts; highway districts; and port authorities; instrumentalities of counties, cities or any political subdivision created under the laws of the state of Idaho; any agency of the state government; and any city or political subdivision of another state.

“State” means a state of the United States and the District of Columbia.

I.C. §67-2328. Joint Exercise of Powers.

(a) Any power, privilege or authority, authorized by the Idaho Constitution, statute or charter, held by the state of Idaho or a public agency of said state, may be exercised and enjoyed jointly with the state of Idaho or any other public agency of this state having the same powers, privilege or authority; but never beyond the limitation of such powers, privileges or authority; and the state or public agency of the state, may exercise such powers, privileges and authority jointly with the United States, any other state, or public agency of any of them, to the extent that the laws of the United States or sister state, grant similar powers, privileges or authority, to the United States and its public agencies, or to the sister state and its public agencies; and provided the laws of the United States or a sister state allow such exercise of joint power, privilege or authority. The state or any public agency thereof when acting jointly with another public agency of this state may exercise and enjoy the power, privilege and authority conferred by this act; but nothing in this act shall be construed to extend the jurisdiction, power, privilege or authority of the state or public agency thereof, beyond the power, privilege or authority said state or public agency might have if acting alone.

(b) Any state or public agency may enter into agreements with one another for joint or cooperative action which includes, but is not limited to, joint use, ownership and/or operation agreements pursuant to the provisions of this act. Appropriate action by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise pursuant to law of the governing bodies of these participating public agencies shall be necessary before any such agreement may enter into force.

(c) Any such agreement shall specify the following:

(1) Its duration.

(2) The precise organization, composition and nature of any separate legal or administrative entity created thereby together with the powers delegated thereto, provided such entity may be legally created.

(3) Its purpose or purposes.

(4) The manner of financing the joint or cooperative undertaking and of establishing and maintaining a budget therefor.

(5) The permissible method or methods to be employed in accomplishing the partial or complete termination of the agreement and for disposing of property upon such partial or complete termination.

(6) Any other necessary and proper matters.

(d) In the event that the agreement does not establish a separate legal entity to conduct the joint or cooperative undertaking, the agreement shall, in addition to items (1), (3), (4), (5), and (6) of subsection (c) of this section, contain the following:

(1) Provision for an administrator or a joint board responsible for administering the joint or cooperative undertaking. In the case of a joint board, public agencies party to the agreement shall be represented.

(2) The manner of acquiring, holding, and disposing of real and personal property used in the joint or cooperative undertaking.

(3) No agreement made pursuant to this act shall relieve any public agency of any obligation or responsibility imposed upon it by law except that to the extent of actual and timely performance thereof by a joint board or other legal or administrative entity created by an agreement made hereunder, said performances may be offered in satisfaction of the obligation or responsibility.

I.C. §67-2329. Agreement Filed with Secretary of State — Constitutionality — Enforceable in Courts — Reciprocity.

Prior to its becoming binding, any agreement made pursuant to this act between two (2) or more states or between two (2) or more public agencies of two (2) or more states shall be filed with the secretary of state, who shall require an opinion of the attorney general that such agreement does not violate the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, or the Idaho Constitution and statutes. Such opinion shall be rendered within thirty (30) days from the date of request by the secretary of state and submitted to the secretary and interested parties. Failure to render such opinion within such time shall be considered as approval by the attorney general. Upon receiving an opinion that the agreement is constitutional the secretary shall notify the agreeing parties and the agreement shall be in full force and effect from the date of such notice, provided, that such agreement shall not be enforced by the courts of this state unless the state of Idaho or public agency thereof is provided due process for enforcement in the courts of the United States or a sister state. In the event of action on any such agreement, any state or public agency joined in such action not a real party in interest, may seek damages incurred by it because of such joinder against any proper party to the action.

I.C. §67-2330. Approval of Appropriate State Officer or Agency.

In the event that an agreement made pursuant to this act 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 shall, as a condition precedent to its entry into force be submitted to the state officer or agency having such power of control and shall be approved or disapproved by him or it as to all matters within his or its jurisdiction. Failure to disapprove an agreement submitted hereunder within thirty (30) days of its submission shall constitute approval thereof.

Chapter 28. Purchasing by Political Subdivisions


I.C. §67-2807. COOPERATIVE PURCHASING. With the approval of its governing board, a political subdivision may participate in cooperative purchasing agreements with the state of Idaho, other Idaho political subdivisions, other government entities, or associations thereof. Political subdivisions may also participate in cooperative purchasing programs established by any association that offers its goods or services as a result of competitive solicitation processes. Goods or services procured by participation in such cooperative agreements or programs shall be deemed to have been acquired in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.

Idaho Administrative Procedures Act

Department of Administration (38)

Division of Purchasing

38.05.01 Rules of the Division of Purchasing



The various bid statutes relating to municipal corporations, school districts, and counties may authorize these political subdivisions to utilize any contract resulting from a state bid process. A public agency may use open contracts as authorized by statute and the terms of the open contract.