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Public procurement localisation
On October 24, 2012 the Pennsylvania state legislature enacted a bill (H.B. 1840) that relaxed the state's existing Buy American provisions with respect to certain steel products.
The amendments, which took effect sixty days after enactment, provided for a new exception to the Steel Products Procurement Act (73 P.S. §§ 1881 et. Seq) that was originally enacted in 1978. That law requires every public agency to include in its contracts for construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of public works a provision that, if any steel products are to be used or supplied in the performance of the contract, only products made from U.S. steel may be procured. The term 'public agency' is broadly defined and includes, for example, Commonwealth agencies, counties, cities, municipalities, school districts, authorities and other public bodies.
The 2012 amendments provide for the creation by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services an official list of steel products that are not produced in the United States in sufficient quantities.
The second exception states that the requirement to use steel products made from U.S. steel does not apply (emphasis added): As required by the amendments, the Department issued a Statement of Policy in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on February 9, 2013, setting forth the processes by which the Department will establish the list each year and for resolving disputes raised during the public comment period (43 Pa. B. 877).
The Department also published an initial list of the exempt steel products in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (43 Pa. B. 940). It included the following items:
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