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Bill would help disabled vets get state contracts

June 12th, 2019

— A bill moving at the statehouse would give disabled veterans a chance to beat low bidders on state contracts and win the contracts themselves.

House Bill 954 would give businesses owned by disabled veterans the opportunity to match the low bid on a state contract if their bid was within 10 percent.

To be eligible, veterans would have to own at least half of a business and have a 60 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs. They’d need to submit a claim decision letter from the department as part of their bid.

The bill also says “no sacrifice or loss in price or quality shall be permitted.”

The proposal cleared a House committee easily Tuesday, though there was some pushback to the concept. Rep. Dean Arp, R-Union, noted that a business owned by a veteran could lose a contract under the bill if a disabled veteran matched their offer.

The bill once included a more pronounced preference for disabled veterans, saying they could win contracts over a low bidder if they were within 10 percent, but that language was changed.

The bill moved Tuesday through the House Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs. It has two more committee stops before it hits the House floor.

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