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Competitive Bidding Bill Clears Senate Committee

By John Forester | October 6, 2017

The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government, chaired by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), recommended  Senate Bill 236  for passage yesterday on a 4-3 party-line vote with Republican members of the committee supporting the bill.  The SAA testified in opposition to the bill earlier this week.

You might recall that, Senate Bill 236 would require that a school board, before entering into a contract for the construction, repair, remodeling, or improvement of a public school building or public school facilities or for the furnishing of supplies or materials with an estimated cost greater than $75,000 (Senate Amendment 2 would reduce that figure to $50,000), must advertise or direct the school district clerk to advertise for proposals and must let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

The bill would also prohibit a school board from using a bidding method that gives preference based on the geographic location of the bidder or that uses criteria other than the lowest responsible bidder in awarding a contract.

The SAA will keep you informed of any developments regarding this important legislation.

SAA Testimony

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