Legislation working its way through the N.C. General Assembly would make it easier for furniture companies with a base in or tie to North Carolina to do business with state government, supporters of the legislation say.
House Bill 449 would change the state law that governs requirements for businesses to contract with the state to supply furnishings. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Catawba, would further clarify the requirements that potential vendors must meet to bid on state furniture contracts.
The legislation proposes that a state agency “shall make the most economical purchase that it determines meets its needs, based upon price, compatibility, service, delivery, freight charges, contract terms and other factors that it considers relevant.”
Rep. John Faircloth, R-Guilford and one of two High Pointers in the N.C. General Assembly, said the goal of House Bill 449 is to make it easier for companies with ties to North Carolina to land state furnishings contracts.
The legislation would create a definition of a “resident bidder,” meaning a company based in the state or one that “offers products manufactured or produced in North Carolina.”
“This bill cuts through the red tape that prevents many North Carolina furniture companies from being permitted to bid on state government furniture contracts,” Faircloth said. “It gives furniture companies that reside and pay taxes in North Carolina preference in state bidding and more access to agencies that want to purchase their furniture.”
The legislation passed the House of Representatives earlier this month and now is being considered in the state Senate, according to General Assembly website records.
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