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Sen. Terri Bonoff, DFL-Minnetonka, explains a proposal to require school districts to work together in buying supplies. She joined Gov. Tim Pawlenty and others in making the Wednesday announcement. Staff photo by Don Davis

Pawlenty, lawmakers want to mandate sharing

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Schools save money when they combine business-office services, so Gov. Tim Pawlenty and a coalition of state legislators want to require cooperation.

A bill being considered would require many school purchases to be made only from approved vendors that might provide lower prices because they buy in bulk.

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