Preference for state agricultural products
(1)When purchasing agricultural products, a governmental body shall award the contract to a resident bidder who produces products in the state, subject to the conditions in subsection (2) of this section.
(2)The preference in subsection (1) of this section shall apply only if the following conditions are met:
(a)The quality of available products produced in the state is equal to the quality of products produced outside the state;
(b)Available products produced in the state are suitable for the use required by the purchasing entity;
(c)The resident bidder is able to supply products produced in the state in sufficient quantity, as indicated in the invitation for bids; and
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(I)The resident bidder’s bid or quoted price for products produced in the state does not exceed the lowest bid or price quoted for products produced outside the state or the resident bidder’s bid or quoted price reasonably exceeds the lowest bid or price quoted for products produced outside the state.
(II)For purposes of this subsection (2)(d), “reasonably exceeds” shall occur when the head of the governmental body, or other public officer charged by law with the duty to purchase such products, at his or her sole discretion, determines such higher bid to be reasonable and capable of being paid out of that governmental body’s existing budget, without any further supplemental or additional appropriation.
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(a)For purposes of this section, an agricultural product is produced in the state if it is grown, raised, or processed in the state.
(b)A resident bidder that seeks to qualify for the preference created by subsection (1) of this section shall certify to the governmental body inviting the bid and provide documentation confirming that the resident bidder’s agricultural product was produced in the state. The governmental body may rely in good faith on such certification and documentation.
Section 24-103-907 — Preference for state agricultural products,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-24.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).