The purpose of this chapter is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local governments by authorizing them to contract, to the greatest possible extent, with one another and with agencies of the state.
(2) "Interlocal contract" means a contract or agreement made under this chapter.
(4) "Local government" means a:
(A) county, municipality, special district, or other political subdivision of this state or another state;
(B) local government corporation created under Subchapter D, Chapter 431, Transportation Code; or
(C) political subdivision corporation created under Chapter 304, Local Government Code;
(D) local workforce development board created under Section 2308.253; or
(E) combination of two or more entities described by Paragraph (A), (B), (C), or (D).
(5) "Political subdivision" includes any corporate and political entity organized under state law
(a) A local government, including a council of governments, may agree with another local government or with the state or a state agency, including the comptroller, to purchase goods and services.
(b) A local government, including a council of governments, may agree with another local government, including a nonprofit corporation that is created and operated to provide one or more governmental functions and services, or with the state or a state agency, including the comptroller, to purchase goods and any services reasonably required for the installation, operation, or maintenance of the goods. This subsection does not apply to services provided by firefighters, police officers, or emergency medical personnel.
(c) A local government that purchases goods and services under this section satisfies the requirement of the local government to seek competitive bids for the purchase of the goods and services.
(d) In this section, "council of governments" means a regional planning commission created under Chapter 391, Local Government Code.