Tschida denied any impropriety. She stated bid info was despatched to all former and present legislators with a deadline of 5 p.m. April 28.
“We stored bids so as of receipt and had a minimal bid of $100 famous,” Tschida stated. “We acquired and logged 116 chair bids by the said deadline and notified people who had a profitable bid and people who didn’t.”
She stated the highest 100 bidders had been chosen for the 100 Home chairs.
And she or he stated the public sale amongst lawmakers was in all probability probably the most cost-effective manner for taxpayers to get rid of the chairs and that the chairs weren’t a part of the final stock, however in a non-public room that the Home controls. She stated lawmakers had a historical past with the chairs, as they sat in them throughout classes.
“It is sensible when you might have a restricted provide,” Tschida stated.
The Montana Division of Administration — which maintains 1.4 million sq. ft of state-owned house, and manages surplus property — stated it couldn’t touch upon the specifics of the sale, however was conscious the chairs had been now not wanted and licensed the Legislature to designate them as surplus property.
“Whereas public public sale is one accepted methodology for disposing of surplus property, it isn’t the one acceptable methodology,” Belinda Adams, the DOA’s communications and enterprise coordinator for the Well being Care and Advantages Division, stated in an e-mail.