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2021 Senate Bill 642: End competitive bidding on state architectural, engineering and surveying contracts
Introduced by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on September 15, 2021
To revise state procedures for contracting for architectural, engineering or land surveying services by requiring officials to assess and rank vendors according to specified (and potentially subjective) criteria, and then try to negotiate a “fair and reasonable” contract with the “highest ranking” firm. The bill does not define “fair and reasonable,” and in the absence of competitive bidding it is not clear how a state department could unilaterally determine that amount. If officials don’t get the price they want they would repeat the process with the next “highest ranking” firm.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee on September 15, 2021
Reported in the Senate on December 14, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on January 27, 2022
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on January 27, 2022