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Reciprocal Preference Law
Ohio (OH)
Reciprocal Law   

Domestic products

ORC 125.09 (C) (7); 125.11 (B); OAC 123:5-1-06

First, consider domestic products as defined under federal Buy America laws/rules.   

Supplies, Services, IT

ORC 125.11 (A); 125.09 (A), OAC 123:5-1-06 (D)

The preference only applies to purchases of supplies, services and information technology that use the Invitation to Bid and Reverse Auction processes.  Not mandatory for RFPs. 

5%:  Qualifications

OAC 123:5-1-06 (3) (d)

To qualify for the 5% preference, bidder must be an "Ohio" bidder; 1) offering product produced, raised, grown or manufactured in Ohio or 2) has significant Ohio economic presence - pays taxes, registered with Ohio Secretary of State and has 10 or more or 75% of workforce located in Ohio. 

Construction &
Printed Goods

OAC 123:5-1-06

Reciprocal preferences are given to construction and printed goods to all recognized Bordering States with the exception of State of Michigan for printing.  

Mined Products

OAC 125.09 (C) (1); 125.11

Mined products must be mined in Ohio or in qualifying border states.  

Border States

ORC 125.09 (C) (4)

Border state bidders are treated on the same level as Ohio bidders provided the border state does not apply a preference toward Ohio bidders.  Currently Indiana (except mined products), Pennsylvania,  Kentucky, Michigan and New York are recognized as border states.