State lawmaker calls $375K exchange deal 'inappropriate'

State lawmaker calls $375K exchange deal 'inappropriate'

Sen. Jim Rice

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 3:13 PM

BOISE -- An Idaho lawmaker called it "totally inappropriate" for the state's Internet insurance exchange to award a no-bid contract worth up to $375,000 to a member of its board of directors.

Sen. Jim Rice, a Canyon County Republican who sits on Your Health Idaho's 19-member board, on Friday criticized the decision by exchange executive director Amy Dowd to give board member Frank Chan the $180 per hour contract to oversee a big technology project.

Rice, who says he wasn't told of Dowd's deal with Chan, now aims to push for policies that prevent contracts with exchange insiders -- especially if they aren't publicly advertised or don't require competitive bidding.

Chan resigned from the exchange board Wednesday, the same day Dowd announced he won the contract.

Chan couldn't be reached for comment.

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