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Reciprocal Preference Law
Georgia (GA)
Resident Bidders
Resident vendors in the state of Georgia are to be granted the same preference over vendors resident in another state in the same manner, on the same basis and to the same extent that preference is granted in awarding bids or proposals for the same goods or services by such other state to vendors resident therein over vendor's resident in the state of Georgia. This preference is used for evaluation purposes only. All state agencies are required to apply this reciprocal preference.

Compost and Mulch

All state agencies, departments, and authorities responsible for the maintenance of public lands shall give preference to the use of compost and mulch in all road building, land maintenance and land development activities. Preference shall be given to compost and mulch made in the state of Georgia from organics which are source separated from the state's non-hazardous solid waste stream.

Lumber and Other   Forest Products


Georgia Code 50-5-63
Exclusive use of Georgia forest products in state construction contracts; exception where federal regulations conflict.
     (a)  No contract for the construction of, addition to, or repair of any facility,
           the cost of which is borne by the state or any department, agency,
           commission, authority, or political subdivision thereof, shall be let unless
           the contract contains a stipulation therein providing that the 
           contractor or any subcontractor shall use exclusively Georgia forest
           products in the construction thereof, when forest products are to be
           used in such construction, addition, or repair, and if Georgia forest
           products are available.  
     (b)  This Code section shall not apply when in conflict with federal rules and
           regulations concerning construction.


Georgia Code 50-5-60(c) and 50-5-61

Non-mandatory preference that is allowed when economic impact of award to local bidder offsets slightly higher price from an out-of state bidder.

In determining whether such a preference is reasonable in any case where the value of a contract for or purchase of such supplies, materials, equipment, or agricultural products exceeds $100,000.00, the state or its department, agency, or commission shall consider, among other factors, information submitted by the bidder which may include the bidder's estimate of the multiplier effect on gross state domestic product and the effect on public revenues of the state and the effect on public revenues of political subdivisions resulting from acceptance of a bid or offer to sell Georgia manufactured or produced goods as opposed to out-of-state manufactured or produced goods. 

Any such estimates shall be in writing. 

The state or its department, agency, or commission shall not divide a contract or purchase which exceeds $100.000.00 for the purpose of avoiding the requirements of this subsection.