Section 9-15-82

Article not to apply to certain transfers, reversions, sales, etc.

(a) This article shall not apply to the transfers of real property between departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, institutions, corporations, or agencies of the state. These transfers may be made by mutual agreements between the chief executive officers of the respective departments with the approval of the Governor. This article shall not apply to the leasing or sale of timber from unused lands under Section 9-15-1 et seq.; to the leasing or sale of timber from school lands and swamp and overflowed lands under Section 9-15-30 et seq.; to the leasing of oil, gas, and other minerals under Section 9-17-60 et seq.; real property sold by the Department of Revenue under tax sales and redemptions; to the sale of property by the Alabama Historical Commission under Section 41-9-249(7); to reversions made under Section 31-4-18; to the sale or conveyance of real property by the Alabama Housing Finance Authority or the Alabama Mental Health Finance Authority; to the sale or lease of any interest in real property owned for investment purposes by any trust fund administered by the Division of Risk Management; or to property traded in right of way negotiations or sales of excess right of way or uneconomic remnants by the State Department of Transportation. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, the Alabama Forestry Commission shall have the authority to conduct real property sales in accordance with this article without going through the Lands Division. In so doing, the Alabama Forestry Commission shall comply with all other provisions of this article. This article shall not apply to the granting of easements, rights-of-way for utilities, roads, streets, and sidewalks where there is no competitive market. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, institutions and systems of higher education with separately constituted boards of trustees or those institutions of higher education subject to the supervision and authority of the State Board of Education that have written policies and procedures governing transfers of interest in real property have the authority to conduct real property sales and leases by public auction or publicly sought sealed bid in accordance with procedures in the article for advertising and receiving bids, without going through the Lands Division of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Furthermore, in those cases in which it can be economically justified and it is deemed to be in the best interest of the institution or system and the State of Alabama to offer an interest in real property for sale or lease through a listing with a duly licensed real estate broker who shall publicize the offer in accordance with customary practices or through negotiation after publicly announced requests for proposals to sell or lease the property are made, rather than through a procedure otherwise described in this article, the institution or system may do so, provided that a written declaration setting forth the specific reasons why it is deemed to be in the best interest of the institution or system and the State of Alabama to make specific sale or lease in question in such manner is made by an agent of the institution authorized by the board of trustees or the State Board of Education, and subsequently ratified by the board of trustees or the State Board of Education and the document shall be retained and made a part of the permanent file and shall be open to public inspection. Sales and leases transacted as described in this section shall be deemed to be in compliance with all provisions of this article. Ground leases and leases of facilities by institutions of higher education to social or professional organizations, faculty members, employees, or for institution-related purposes which are designed to enhance the operation of the institution and are declared to be in the best interest of the institution by the board of trustees or the State Board of Education, are exempt from the provisions of this article. Such declaration shall be maintained as aforesaid.

(b) Except as set out hereinafter, nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply in any manner to the sale or lease of any real property or any interest therein owned in whole or in part by any county or municipal board of education, any county or municipal government or any of their respective boards, agencies, departments, corporations, or instrumentalities including corporations and/or boards in regard to which any county or municipal governing body is a determining or appointing authority. Provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to apply in any manner to the sale or lease of any real property or interest therein owned by the State of Alabama and the departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, instrumentalities, corporations, and agencies of the state to the United States government, any county or municipal board of education, any county or municipal governing body or any of their respective boards, agencies, departments, corporations, or instrumentalities including corporations and/or boards in regard to which any county or municipal governing body is a determining or appointing authority, subject to the condition that such property or any interest therein is not resold, leased, or otherwise transferred in whole or in part, within three years, to any private person, firm, or corporation without compliance with the provisions of this article. Provided, however, that if the property is to be sold within three years from the date it was acquired, the state shall have the right to repurchase the property at the price it was sold by the state. Provided, further, that all such transactions between the United States government, any county or municipal board of education, any county or municipal government, or any of their respective boards, agencies, departments, corporations, or instrumentalities including corporations or boards and the state or any department, board, bureau, commissions, instrumentalities, corporations, and agencies of the state shall have the approval of the Governor and written notice of such transaction shall be given to the Lands Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at least 30 days before the closing of such transaction.

(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, this article shall not apply to lease-leaseback transactions entered into by institutions and systems of higher education with separately constituted boards of trustees provided that any such institution or system of higher education shall at all times remain the owner of any real property the subject of any such lease-leaseback transaction.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, this section shall not apply to the sale, lease, or transfer of any property owned by a municipal commercial development authority subject to Article 6, commencing with Section 11-54-170, of Chapter 54 of Title 11.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-280, p. 507, §13; Acts 1997, No. 97-225, p. 348, §1; Act 2000-685, p. 1390, §1; Act 2010-563, p. 1140, §1; Act 2014-304, p. 1098, §1.)