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Democratic lawmakers introduce "buy local" legislation
Dems say bill would make it easier for local governments to use local or Ohio goods and services 

Jo Ingles

Some Statehouse Democrats have introduced a bill that they say will make it easier for local governments to use local or Ohio goods and services. Representative Matt Lundy says that’s often currently prohibited in the bidding process for work on local projects.

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“Right now, the law says the lowest bid generally ends up winning the contract. And what we are saying is that even if the next closest bid is within 3% and it’s an Ohio company, you can opt to use that and make that your winning bid instead,” Lundy said.

Some state agencies already have provisions in their contracts that allow them to buy Ohio goods and services in some cases.

Lundy says the thinking behind this is that local or state employers will have to hire local employees for large jobs.

He says those companies are also likely to put money back into their local communities.

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