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Florida Resident Bidder Preference

Revised March 2, 2015

Florida Statutes, §287.082. Whenever two or more competitive sealed bids are received, one or more of which relates to commodities manufactured, grown, or produced within Florida, and whenever all things stated in such received bids are equal with respect to price, quality, and service, such commodities are given preference.

Florida Statutes, §287.092. Any foreign manufacturing company with a factory in Florida employing over 200 employees working in Florida shall have preference over any other foreign company when price, quality, and service are the same, regardless of where the product is manufactured.

Florida Statutes, §255.04. Every official board in Florida charged with erecting or constructing any public administrative or institutional building shall give preference in purchase of material and in letting of contracts for construction to material men, contractors, builders, architects, and laborers who reside in Florida when such material can be purchased or services employed at no greater expense than purchasing from, letting contract to, or employing a person residing outside of Florida.

Florida Statutes, §283.35. In awarding a contract to have materials printed, preference is given to the lowest responsible and responsive vendor with a principal place of business in Florida. The preference is 5.0% if the lowest bid is submitted by a vendor with a principal place of business outside of Florida and the printing can be performed in Florida at a quality level comparable to that from the vendor submitting the lowest bid located outside Florida.

Florida Administrative Code, §60A-1.011. When confronted with identical pricing or scoring from multiple vendors, agencies shall determine the order of award in the following order of preference: response from a Florida-domiciled entity, response relating to manufactured commodities provides for manufacturing in Florida, response relating to manufactured commodities provides for a foreign manufacturer that has at least 200 employees working in Florida. If these three criteria fail to resolve identical evaluations, determination of award is by random selection.

Florida Statutes, §295.187. When considering two or more bids for commodities or services which are equal with respect to all relevant considerations, a state agency shall award such procurement or contract to a certified veteran business enterprise, status which requires domicile in Florida. If a veteran business enterprise entitled to a preference under this section and one or more businesses entitled to this or another vendor preference submit bids, proposals, or replies for procurement of commodities or contractual services which are equal with respect to all relevant considerations, a state agency shall award to the business with the smallest net worth.

Florida Administrative Code, §25-25.009. Preference is given to bidders located within Florida if when awarding contracts, whenever commodities bid can be purchased at no greater expense and of comparable quality level to those by a bidder located outside of Florida. This is only applicable to the Florida Public Service Commission.

FLORIDA RECIPROCAL PREFERENCE

Florida Statutes, §287.084. When an agency, university, college, school district, or other political subdivision of the state is required to make purchases of personal property through competitive solicitation and the lowest responsible and responsive bid, proposal, or reply is by a vendor whose principal place of business is in a state or political subdivision thereof which grants a preference for the purchase of such personal property to a person whose principal place of business is in such state, then preference is awarded to the lowest responsible and responsive vendor having a principal place of business within Florida, which preference is equal to the preference granted by the state or political subdivision thereof in which the lowest responsible and responsive vendor has its principal place of business. In a competitive solicitation in which the lowest bid is submitted by a vendor whose principal place of business is located outside Florida and that state does not grant a preference in competitive solicitation to vendors having a principal place of business in that state, the preference to the lowest responsible and responsive vendor having a principal place of business in Florida shall be 5.0%.