Public Contracting - General Provisions

ORS 279A.120
Preference for Oregon goods and services

  • nonresident bidders


As used in this section:


“Nonresident bidder” means a bidder who is not a resident bidder.


“Resident bidder” means a bidder that has paid unemployment taxes or income taxes in this state during the 12 calendar months immediately preceding submission of the bid, has a business address in this state and has stated in the bid whether the bidder is a “resident bidder” under this paragraph.


For the purposes of awarding a public contract, a contracting agency shall:


Give preference to goods or services that have been manufactured or produced in this state if price, fitness, availability and quality are otherwise equal; and


Add a percent increase to the bid of a nonresident bidder equal to the percent, if any, of the preference given to the bidder in the state in which the bidder resides.


When a public contract is awarded to a nonresident bidder and the contract price exceeds $10,000, the bidder shall promptly report to the Department of Revenue on forms to be provided by the department the total contract price, terms of payment, length of contract and such other information as the department may require before the bidder may receive final payment on the public contract. The contracting agency shall satisfy itself that the requirement of this subsection has been complied with before the contracting agency issues a final payment on a public contract.


The Oregon Department of Administrative Services on or before January 1 of each year shall publish a list of states that give preference to in-state bidders with the percent increase applied in each state. A contracting agency may rely on the names of states and percentages so published in determining the lowest responsible bidder without incurring any liability to any bidder. [2003 c.794 §16]


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