Bell wants Tennessee comptroller to delay OK on Haslam's facilities management outsourcing contract

Tennessee state Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, addresses the Pachyderm Club of Hamilton County meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014, in Chattanooga.

NASHVILLE - A Tennessee senator wants Comptroller Justin Wilson to hold off on approving the Haslam administration's massive facilities management outsourcing contract with Jones Lang LaSalle until Wilson assures him that architectural, engineering and contracting services involving buildings won't be included.

Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, sent the letter on Wednesday to Wilson, who on Monday began reviewing the proposed JLL contract.

"I would appreciate a response to this inquiry prior to the execution of the contract with Jones Lang LaSalle," Bell says in the letter.

If Wilson approve the contract, it could hand over to the real estate giant the building management, janitorial and grounds keeping services for all of Tennessee higher education as well as several additional state departments to the Chicago-based real estate management firm which already manages a number of state buildings.