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Public procurement preference margin
On March 24, 2017 the governor of Arkansas signed into law a bill (HB1839) entitled the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act. It provides that in “fiscal year 2018, each agency shall make it a goal to ensure that ten percent (10%) of the amount budgeted for the agency's purchases of food products is spent on local farm or food products.” For subsequent fiscal years, “each agency shall make it a goal to ensure that twenty percent (20%) of the amount budgeted for the agency's purchases of food products is spent on local farm or food products.” It further requires that preference be given to providers of local farm or food products when awarding a contract for the purchase of food products. Such contracts are still “to be awarded to the lowest bidder,” but the contract will go to a “bidder that is a provider of local farm or food products submits a bid that does not exceed the lowest bid by more than ten percent (10%)” if the “bidder submitting the lowest bid is not a provider of local farm or food products.”
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