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A. The department:
1. May procure services under this chapter using any of the following:
(a) Requests for project proposals in which the department describes a class of transportation facilities or a geographic area in which private entities are invited to submit proposals to develop transportation facilities.
(b) Solicitations using requests for qualifications, short-listing of qualified proposers, requests for proposals, negotiations, best and final offers or other procurement procedures.
(c) Procurements seeking from the private sector development and finance plans most suitable for the project.
(d) Best value selection procurements based on price or financial proposals, or both, or other factors.
(e) Other procedures that the department determines may further the implementation of this chapter.
2. Shall procure services under this chapter using unsolicited proposals if the department determines that there is sufficient merit to pursue any unsolicited proposal and a reasonable opportunity for other entities to submit competing proposals for consideration and a possible contract award as appropriate.
B. For any procurement in which the department issues a request for qualifications, request for proposals or similar solicitation document, the request shall generally set forth the factors that will be evaluated and the manner in which responses will be evaluated. If contractor insurance is required for services procured pursuant to this section the insurance shall be placed with an insurer authorized to transact insurance in this state pursuant to title 20, chapter 2, article 1 or a surplus lines insurer approved and identified by the director of the department of insurance and financial institutions pursuant to title 20, chapter 2, article 5.
C. In evaluating proposals, the department may accord such relative weight to factors such as cost, financial commitment, innovative financing, technical, scientific, technological or socioeconomic merit and other factors as the department deems appropriate to obtain the best value for this state.
D. The department may pay a stipend to a proposer based on the department's estimate, in its sole discretion, of the value of the work product received, but only if the department has determined that the proposal submitted was responsive to the department's request for proposals and met all requirements established by the department for the project. In exchange for the stipend, the department may require the recipient to grant to the department the right to use any work product contained in the recipient's proposal, including technologies, techniques, methods, processes and information contained in the recipient's project design.
E. The department may charge and retain an administrative fee for the evaluation of an unsolicited project proposal.
F. The department may procure services, award agreements and administer revenues as authorized in this section notwithstanding any requirements of any other state or local statute, regulation or law relating to public bidding or other procurement procedures or other provisions otherwise applicable to public works, services or utilities.
G. The department may retain financial, legal and other consultants and experts inside or outside the public sector to assist in the evaluation, negotiation and development of eligible facilities under this chapter with a minimum of five years' experience working in that capacity with public-private partnerships.
H. The department may spend monies that are reasonably necessary for the development of procurements, evaluation of concepts or proposals, negotiation of agreements and implementation of agreements for development or operation of eligible facilities under this chapter.
I. Before the department begins the process for procuring services as prescribed in subsection A of this section, the department shall hold at least one public hearing to receive comments on user charges, tolls, fares or similar charges.