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Reciprocal Preference Law
Virginia (VA)
 
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Products

Statute 2.2-4324.  Preference for Virginia Products with recycled content and for Virginia firms. 
 
A.  In the case of a tie bid, preference shall be given to goods produced in Virginia, goods or services or construction provided by Virginia persons, firms or corporations; otherwise the tie shall be decided by lot. 
 
B.  Whenever the lowest responsive and responsible bidder is a resident of any other state and such state under its laws allows a resident contractor of that state a percentage preference, a like preference shall be allowed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder who is a resident of Virginia and is the next lowest bidder.  If the lowest responsive and responsible bidder is a resident of any other state and such state under its laws allows a resident contractor of that state a price-matching preference, A like preference shall be allowed to responsive and responsible bidders who are residents of Virginia.  If the lowest bidder is a resident contractor of a state with an absolute preference, the bid shall not be considered.    
 
The Department of General Services shall post and maintain an updated list on its website of all states with an absolute preference for their resident contractors and those states that allow their resident contractors a percentage preference, including the respective percentage amounts.  For purposes of compliance with this section, all public bodies may rely upon the accuracy of the information posted on this website. 
 
C.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections A and B, in the case of a tie bid in instances here goods are being offered, and existing price preferences have already been taken into account, preference shall be given to the bidder whose goods contain the greatest amount of recycled content. 
 
D.  For the proposes of this section, a Virginia person, firm or corporation shall be deemed to be a resident of Virginia if such person, firm or corporation has been organized pursuant to Virginia law or maintains a principal place of business within Virginia.

4% Coal

Statute 2.2-4325.  Preference for Virginia coal used in state facilities.  
 
In determining the award of any contract for coal to be purchased for use in state facilities with state funds, the Department of General Services shall procure using competitive sealed bidding and shall award to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder offering coal mined in Virginia so long as its bid price is not more than four percent greeted the bid price of the low responsive and responsible bidder offering coal mined elsewhere.

10% Recycled Paper Products

Statute 2.2-4326.  Preference for recycled paper and paper products used by state agencies.
 
A.  In determining the award of any contract for paper and paper products to be purchased for use by agencies of the Commonwealth, the Department of General Services shall procure using competitive sealed bidding and shall award to the lowest responsible bidder offering recycled paper and paper products of a quality suitable for the purpose intended, so long as the bid price is not more than ten percent greater than the bid price of the low responsive and responsible bidder offering a product that does not qualify under subsection B.
 
B.  For purposes of this section, recycled paper and paper products means any paper or paper products meeting the EPA Recommended Content Standards as defined in 40 C.F.R. Part 247.