12.30  Coordination of bonding activities.

1.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

a.  "Authority" means a department, or public or quasi-public instrumentality of the state including, but not limited to, the authority created under chapter 12E, 16, 16A, 175, 257C, 261A, or 327I, which has the power to issue obligations, except that "authority" does not include the state board of regents or the Iowa finance authority to the extent it acts pursuant to chapter 260C.

b.  "Obligations" means notes, bonds, including refunding bonds, and other evidences of indebtedness of an authority.

2.  Notwithstanding any other provision of the Code the treasurer shall coordinate the issuance of obligations by authorities. The treasurer, or the treasurer's designee, shall serve as ex officio nonvoting member of each authority. Prior to the issuance of obligations, an authority shall notify the treasurer of its intention to do so. The treasurer shall:

a.  Select and fix the compensation for, in consultation with the respective authority, through a competitive selection procedure, attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, banks, underwriters, insurers, and other employees and agents which in the treasurer's judgment are necessary to carry out the authority's intention. Prior to the initial selection, the treasurer shall, after consultation with the authorities, establish a procedure which provides for a fair and open selection process including, but not limited to, the opportunity to present written proposals and personal interviews. The treasurer shall maintain a list of firms which have requested to be notified of requests for proposal. The selection criteria shall take into consideration, but are not limited to, compensation, expenses, experience with similar issues, scheduling, ability to provide the services of individuals with specific knowledge in the relevant subject matter and length of the engagement. The treasurer may waive the requirements for a competitive selection procedure for any specific employment upon written notice to the executive council stating why the waiver is in the public interest. Upon selection by the treasurer, the authority shall promptly employ the individual or firm and be responsible for payment of costs.

b.  Submit an account to the respective authority for all costs incurred in each transaction. The treasurer will charge an authority for costs of administration. The authority shall disburse to the treasurer the amounts set forth in the account.

c.  Direct the investment or deposit of the proceeds of the sale of the obligations, in accordance with the language of the documents drafted to effectuate issuance of the obligations, except for the proceeds necessary to fund the ongoing operations of the authority. This paragraph does not apply to proceeds of obligations issued before July 1, 1986.

d.  Collect from an authority and other sources, any statistical and financial information necessary to draft an offering document or prepare a presentation necessary for the issuance or marketing of the obligations.

3.  Each respective authority shall consult with the treasurer on the following:

a.  Amount, terms, and conditions of the obligations to be issued by the authority including other provisions deemed necessary by the treasurer or the authority.

b.  The documents or instruments necessary to effectuate issuance of the obligation.

c.  Presentations to rating agencies and marketing activities. The treasurer may choose to participate in these presentations.

4.  Professional services, including but not limited to attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, banks, underwriters, insurers, and other employees employed by a project sponsor may be selected by the project sponsor, if the obligation is issued in behalf of the project sponsor and the purchaser of the obligation does not have recourse to the authority or state.

5.  The treasurer may delay implementation of this section for up to six months following July 1, 1986, for an authority to facilitate an orderly transition.

Section History: Recent form

  86 Acts, ch 1245, §824; 90 Acts, ch 1254, §29; 2000 Acts, ch 1208, §19, 25

Internal References

  Referred to in § 8D.11, 12.28, 12E.5, 12E.14, 18.12, 76.15

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