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Alabama Code Title 41. State Government § 41-16-123

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This section shall apply only to that property that has been held by the division for a period of not less than 60 days from the date the property is first published in the list of surplus property, as set out in subsection (b) of Section 41-16-121, and not purchased by any eligible entity as set out in subsection (e) of Section 41-16-120 as follows:

(1) All contracts made by or on behalf of the State of Alabama or a department, board, bureau, commission, institution, corporation, or agency thereof, of whatever nature for the sale or disposal of tangible personal property owned by the State of Alabama, other than the following:

a. Alcoholic beverages.

b. Products of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.

c. Barter arrangements of the state prison system.

d. Books.

e. School supplies.

f. Food.

g. Property used in vocational projects.

h. Livestock.

i. Property owned by any state college or university, including those state two-year colleges under the control of the Board of Education of the State of Alabama, which has market value or which has trade-in value which may be credited against the cost of replacement property purchased in accordance with the Alabama competitive bid laws. For property owned by those state two-year colleges under control of the State Board of Education, the college shall file with the Chancellor of the Postsecondary Education Department, on forms provided by the Chancellor, a list of the property to be sold, the auctioneer to be used, the place the property will be sold, and when and where the property will be advertised pursuant to state law. After the sale, the college shall file a report with the Chancellor stating the property sold at auction, the price paid for each piece of property, the amount received from sale of each piece of property, the account to which auction receipts were deposited, a copy of the advertisement, and the commission paid to the auctioneer.

j. Types of property, the disposal of which is otherwise provided for by law or which, by nature, are incapable of sale by auction or bid, shall be let by free and open competitive public auction or sealed bids. This subsection shall not be construed to prevent disposal by the division of property owned by a state college or university should there be an agreement between the division and the respective college or university for the disposal by free and open competitive public auction or sealed bids as described in this subsection.

k. Alabama State Port Authority surplus property.

l. Surplus personal computers may be designated as scrap by the division. The division is hereby authorized to sell by sealed bid property designated as scrap at such intervals as deemed necessary by the division.

m. Surplus property of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission and of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Finance Authority.

(2) Every proposal to make a sale covered by this section shall be advertised for at least two weeks in advance of the date fixed for receiving bids. The advertisement shall appear at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the sale is to be made, and a copy of the proposal shall simultaneously be posted on a readily accessible public bulletin board at the main office of the director of the division. Advertisements for bids shall state the item or items to be sold, by class and description, where the property is located and the dates, time, and place the property may be inspected. The advertisements shall further state the date, time, and place of auction or opening of sealed bids, and no bid shall be received at any time after the time advertised.

(3) The bids shall be publicly taken or opened, in case of sealed bids, by the director of the division and all bidders shall be entitled to be present in person or by representative.

(4) The award of the contract shall be made to the successful bidder within 72 hours after taking of the bids.

(5) The bid of the successful bidder so marked, as well as the bids of the unsuccessful bidders in the case of sealed bids, shall be placed on file open to public inspection and shall become matters of public record.

(6) If a successful bidder shall fail to accept award of a contract, then he or she shall be prohibited from bidding at any sale held by the division unless reinstated by the director.

(7) The director of the division may sell all items by lot or by individual item, whichever method, in his or her opinion, will bring the highest return for the items advertised.

(8) In the event all bids received are less than the estimated market value of the property, the director of the division may reject all bids and readvertise and rebid.

(9) Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the director of the division from contracting with the highest bidder for any type of property to sell to that bidder all of that type of property at his or her bid price during that fiscal year providing that arrangement was included in the initial request for bids.

(10) All property advertised pursuant to this section shall be available for inspection during the normal state office hours and at whatever place advertised for at least 48 hours prior to sale.

(11) All property sold pursuant to this section shall be paid for by the purchaser or his or her representative by cashier's check, bank draft, certified check, U.S. currency, or notarized bank letter stating that the holder may purchase surplus property and also stating a maximum amount, at the time of acceptance of bid and award of contract, and the removal shall be not later than seven business days after the awarding of the contract and the time limit of seven days shall not be applicable to sales of standing timber.

(12) All proceeds from sales made pursuant to this section shall be paid into the State Treasury or other legally authorized depositary to be credited to the proper fund as set out in subsection (c) of Section 41-16-122 prior to final distribution as set out in subdivision (16) of this section.

(13) No officer or employee of the State of Alabama or any of its departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, corporations, or agencies shall act as agent for any bidder and the officers or employees shall not be excluded from bidding on or purchasing state property at public sale or sealed bid.

(14) Any sale of tangible personal property or standing timber of the state made in violation of the terms of this article shall be null and void, and the person or persons responsible for the violation shall be subject to liquidated damages of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), which may be recovered for the State of Alabama by the Attorney General by civil action in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County. Any moneys recovered by the Attorney General under this section shall be equally divided between the office of the Attorney General and the State General Fund.

(15) The provisions of this article shall not apply to the sale of diseased, storm, or fire-damaged timber, to timber cut on rights-of-way or easements, or to the sale of timber cut for safety, maintenance, or construction purposes at any state park or state-owned public fishing lake under the jurisdiction of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The timber may be sold or otherwise disposed of in a manner the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources deems in the best interest of the state and no sale of diseased timber shall be made until the State Forester shall certify that the timber is diseased, and the certification shall be in written form and filed with the Director of Finance.

(16) Whenever any surplus property that was purchased with either earmarked state funds or restricted federal funds is sold by the division, the proceeds from the sale, less administrative expenses, shall be deposited to the credit of the specific fund of the state department, commission, or agency from which the original purchase of the property was made within 30 days from receipt of the proceeds. If the source of the original purchase of the property was a General Fund appropriation, then the sale proceeds, less any administrative fee, as set out in the rules authorized to be promulgated by the division, shall be credited to the account from which it was purchased. In no event shall the administrative fee exceed 30 percent of the gross sale price.

(17) All educational and eleemosynary institutions, not exempted in subdivision (1) of this section, governed by a board of trustees or other similar governing body, and the Department of Mental Health shall be governed by the provisions of this article.

(18) Violation of the provisions of this article shall constitute a Class B misdemeanor punishable as prescribed by law.

(19) Following the implementation of subdivisions (1) to (18), inclusive, the division shall have the authority to make available for sale to the general public such remaining unsold surplus property, as established by the division and set out in its published rules.

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