02/13/19 -- 0807H01.02H (Amendment HA1 to HB 214) -- Creates a resident preference during competitive bidding

Amendment Number: 
0807H01.02H (Amendment HA1 to HB 214)
Amendment Purpose: 
Creates a resident preference during competitive bidding
Date of Vote: 
02/13/19
My Vote: 
No
Explanation: 

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.