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Reciprocal Preference Law
Tennessee (TN)
 
Preference   
Conditions                                                                                                                   
Meat
T.C.A. § 12-3-809.  Preference to in-state meat producers by departments and agencies: 
 
All Departments, agencies, and institutions of state government which purchase meat, meat food products or meat by-products as defined in  § 53-7-202 with state funds shall give preference to producers located within the boundaries of this state when awarding contracts or agreements for the purchase of such meat or meat products, so long as the terms, conditions and quality associated with the in-state producers' proposals are equal to those obtainable from producers located elsewhere.  
 
T.C.A. § 12-3-810.  Preference to in-state meat producers by schools:
 
All public education institutions using state funds to purchase meat, meat food products, or meat by-products as defined in § 53-7-202, shall give preference in awarding contracts or agreements for the purchase of such meat or meat products to producers located within the boundaries of this state so long as the terms, condicitons, and qualitty associated with the in-state producers' proposals are equal to those obtainable from producers located elsewhere. 
 
Coal
T.C.A. § 12-3-811.  Preference to in-state coal mining companies:
 
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, all state agencies, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, institutions of higher education, schools and all other state entities shall purchase coal mined in the State of Tennessee if such coal is available at a delivered price which is equal to or less than coal mined outside the State of Tennessee.
 
Natural Gas
T.C.A. § 12-3-812.  Preference to in-state natural gas producers:
 
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, all state agencies, departments, boards, commissions, institutions, institutions of higher education, schools and all other state entities shall purchase natural gas produced from wells located in the State of Tennessee if such gas is available at a price which is equal to or less than natural gas produced from wells located outside the State of Tennessee, transportation costs taken into account.  
 

Goods & Services

 

T.C.A. § 12-4-121.  Preference to Tennessee products when purchasing Goods: 

Goods produced in this state or offered by Tennessee bidders shall equally be given preference if the cost to the state and quality are equal; and,

Agricultural products grown in this state shall be given first preference and agricultural products offered by Tennessee bidders shall be given second preference, if the cost to the state and quality are equal. 

If goods, including agricultural produces, produced or grown in this state or offered by Tennessee bidders are not equal in cost and quality to other products, then goods, including agricultural produsts, produced or grown in other state of the United States shall be given preference over foreign products if the cost to the state and quality are equal.

The commission and all state agencies making purchases of vegetation for landscaping pruposes, including plants, shall give preference to Tennessee vegetation native to the region if the cost to the state is not greater and the quality is not inferior.

Services:

All departments and agencies procuring services shall give preference to services offered by a Tennessee bidder if:

  1. The services meet state requirements regarding the service to be performed and expected quality; and
  2. the cost of the service does not exceed the cost of other similar services of similar expected quality that are not offered by a Tenenssee bidder.