02/13/19 -- 0807H01.02H (Amendment HA1 to HB 214) -- Creates a resident preference during competitive bidding
This amendment, introduced by Representative Doug Beck (Democrat - District 92), would require that contracts on public improvements allow a preference (in certain circumstances) for local bidders over non-resident ones that may be cheaper. It also did a few other things, but that provision was sufficient for me to vote no. While I am okay with preferring local bidders when bids are equal, governmental contracts should always accept the lowest bid for the specified quality of work. To do otherwise is a misuse of taxpayer funds.
This amendment failed. You can see the roll call vote here.