This blog post was written by AHC associate Taylor Orgeron.
The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation making the local government procurement process more accessible to bidders. Chairman Tom McCall (R-33rd) authored House Bill 489, which passed unanimously on Sine Die. This legislation provides that any local government soliciting a bid or procurement opportunity for goods and services valued at more than $10,000 or for public works constructions contracts must advertise the bid opportunity in the Georgia Procurement Registry. The Georgia Procurement Registry advertisement is free to local governments. The local government may still publish the advertisement in the official legal organ of the county in addition to the Georgia Procurement Registry. The advertisement shall include the details and specifications necessary to inform the public on the bid opportunities. For the purposes of this bill, “local government” includes counties, municipal corporations, and local boards of education. House Bill 489 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law.
— UPDATE: HB489 was signed by the Governor on May 8, 2018. The effective date is July 1, 2018.
— UPDATE: HB 322 amended the above statutes to increase the cost threshold from $10,000 to $100,000. There are other modifications that will be addressed in a future blog post.