Clinco’s local bidder preference bill passes
Arizona House Government Committee
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – On Tuesday, the Arizona House Government Committee passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson (District 2), that will support local businesses in Arizona.
Clinco, the newest member of the Arizona House of Representatives, was appointed earlier this month. He immediately introduced HB 2696, a bill that would require that Arizona companies be given preference over out-of-state companies when bidding on state contracts, if both companies have the lowest bid.
“I didn’t want to waste any time before beginning to navigate the legislative process. I introduced this bill right away because Arizona benefits from a diverse and robust economy,” Clinco said. “My bill is intended to help locally owned Arizona businesses, which bore the brunt of the economic downturn, stabilize and grow. When we invest in local business, we are investing in job creation and our communities.”
The bill passed 6-2, and it must now be heard in the Arizona House Rules Committee.
To view a copy of the full bill, go to http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=HB2696&Session_ID=112.