(1) Within the time periods designated in section 48-1504, Idaho Code, the attorney general may do any of the following to assist in the review of the proposed nonprofit hospital conversion transaction described in section 48-1503, Idaho Code:
(a) Contract with, consult, and receive advice from any agency of the state or the United States on such terms and conditions the attorney general deems appropriate; or
(b) In the attorney general’s sole discretion, contract with such experts or consultants the attorney general deems appropriate to assist the attorney general in reviewing the proposed nonprofit hospital conversion transaction.
Terms Used In Idaho Code 48-1508
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories; and the words "United States" may include the District of Columbia and territories. See Idaho Code 73-114
(2) Any costs incurred by the attorney general pursuant to this section shall not exceed an amount that is reasonable and necessary to conduct the review of the proposed nonprofit hospital conversion transaction. The attorney general shall be exempt from the provisions of any applicable state laws regarding public bidding procedures for purposes of entering into contracts pursuant to this section.
(3) The attorney general, after reviewing the nonprofit hospital conversion transaction, may submit a claim to the board of examiners for reimbursement of his reasonable costs and expenses incurred in reviewing the transaction. Upon submission of a claim from the attorney general, the board of examiners may authorize the issuance of deficiency warrants for the purpose of reimbursing the attorney general reasonable and actual costs, but not attorney’s fees, associated with actions taken pursuant to this chapter. Deficiency warrants authorized by the board of examiners under this section shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) for reimbursement of all claims as a result of the attorney general’s review of a transaction under this chapter. Upon authorization of deficiency warrants by the board of examiners in accordance with the provisions of this section, the state controller shall, after notice to the state treasurer, draw deficiency warrants in the authorized amounts against the general account.