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Release of parties receiving bid documents may be required with passing of A-947/S-2216

Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
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NJSLOM 7/15/2014

 

Bill A-947/S-2216 would require municipalities, counties and local authorities to release the names, upon request, of all parties who have received bid documents prior to the bid opening once three or more bid packets have been obtained.  The bill passed the Assembly 59-16-3 on June 23rd and now awaits consideration by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

 

The release of the bidders’ list would have to be made available in a timely manner in accordance with the Open Public Records Act.  In addition, municipalities will have the option to post the list on their websites.  However, failure to release this information would prohibit a municipality from accepting the bids and require the re-advertisement for bids. The release of bidders’ names prior to receipt of bids could cause collusion, bid rigging and much more work for municipalities. The names of bidders’ are routinely released after a bid opening, as to not limit competition, and keep costs lower.


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