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Florida Department of Corrections to Conditionally Proceed with Region 4 privatization procurement
TALLAHASSEE - On September 30, 2011, the Circuit Court for the Second Judicial Circuit entered an order declaring unconstitutional budget Provisio language requiring the Department of Corrections to privatize Region IV and enjoining the Department from taking further steps to implement the privatization procurement. On Monday, October 31, 2011, the Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal, which had the effect of staying the Circuit Court’s Order in accordance with Rule 9.310(b)(2), Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure.
Therefore, in order to comply with the now operative Proviso language, the Department has reopened the procurement process with proposals due Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. The Department will evaluate the proposals. However, out of respect for the ongoing litigation, the agency will not sign a contract until the litigation is complete.