ANNOUNCEMENT 09 Jun 2017
The state of Texas will require, with certain exceptions, that iron and steel used in state-financed projects be made in the United States.
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On June 9, 2017 the governor of Texas signed into law a bill (SB1289) requiring that, effective September 1, 2017, the state of Texas employ a strict Buy American rule in its procurement of iron and steel. More precisely, Section 1 amends existing law (Chapter 2252, Government Code) by adding a new Subchapter F that provides in relevant that for a project in which iron or steel products will be used the bid documents and the contract must include a requirement that any iron or steel product produced through a manufacturing process and used in the project be produced in the United States. Exemptions are provided for projects for which iron or steel products produced in the United States are not produced in sufficient quantities, reasonably available, or of a satisfactory quality, or use of iron or steel products produced in the United States will increase the total cost of the project by more than 20 percent, or complying with that section is inconsistent with the public interest. The bill also requires that this subchapter be applied in a manner consistent with this state's obligations under any international agreement.