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Generally, present law requires all departments and agencies making purchases of goods, vegetation for landscaping purposes, and services to give preference to Tennessee products or services or to Tennessee bidders. As described below, this bill revises the manner in which such preferences would be given, and this bill additionally provides that such preferences, as revised by this bill, would apply to all governmental entities purchasing such goods, vegetation for landscaping purposes, and services.PRESENT LAW Under present law, all departments and agencies making purchases of goods must give preference to those produced or grown in this state or offered by Tennessee bidders as follows: (1) Goods produced in this state or offered by Tennessee bidders must equally be given preference if the cost and quality are equal; and (2) Agricultural products grown in this state must be given first preference and agricultural products offered by Tennessee bidders must be given second preference, if the cost and quality are equal. If goods produced or grown in this state or offered by Tennessee bidders are not equal in cost and quality to other products, then goods produced or grown in other states of the United States must be given preference over foreign products if the cost and quality are equal. The state building commission and all state agencies making purchases of vegetation for landscaping purposes must give preference to Tennessee vegetation native to the region if the cost is not greater and the quality is not inferior. All departments and agencies procuring services must give preference to services offered by a Tennessee bidder if the services meet state requirements regarding the service to be performed and expected quality, and the cost of the service does not exceed the cost of other similar services of similar expected quality that are not offered by a Tennessee bidder.THE BILL This bill revises the preference described above in (1) to instead specify that goods produced or offered by a Tennessee bidder that is owned by a service-disabled veteran who is a Tennessee resident would be given a first preference, and goods produced in this state or offered by other Tennessee bidders would be given second preference, if the cost to the state and quality are equal. This bill adds to the list of preferences that all departments and agencies making purchases of goods must give, such that, if the cost and quality are the same, then: (1) Building materials that are produced or manufactured in this state using either recycled materials or nonhazardous by-products of manufacturing or energy production processes would be given first preference; (2) Building materials produced or manufactured in this state using materials other than those in (1) would be given second preference; and (3) Building materials offered by Tennessee bidders would be given third preference. This bill specifies that all of the preferences described above, as revised by this bill, would also apply to purchases by governmental entities.
Votes for Bill HB1809 by the House are not available.
Votes for Bill SB1652 by the Senate are not available.