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The state of Louisiana enacted a law (§ 39:1595.7) that took effect on July 1, 2011 known as the "Procurement of Domestic Products Act." This law was later repealed by the legislature, with the repeal taking effect January 1, 2015. While it was in effect, this law generally provided as follows:
"'E'ach procurement officer, purchasing agent, or similar official who procures or purchases materials, supplies, products, provisions, or equipment under the provisions of this Chapter may purchase such materials, supplies, products, provisions, or equipment which are manufactured in the United States, and which are equal in quality to other materials, supplies, products, provisions, or equipment, provided that all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The cost of such items does not exceed the cost of other items which are manufactured outside the United States by more than five percent.
(2) The vendor of such items agrees to sell the items at the same price as the lowest bid offered on such items.
(3) In cases where more than one bidder offers items manufactured in the United States which are within five percent of the lowest bid, the bidder offering the lowest bid on such items is entitled to accept the price of the lowest bid made on such items.
(4) The vendor certifies that such items are manufactured in the United States."
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