Kentucky Resident Bidder Preference

Revised November 19, 2019

Kentucky Revised Statutes, §45A.645. State agencies shall purchase Kentucky-grown agricultural products if they meet the agency's quality standards and pricing requirements. Kentucky Revised Statutes, §45A.494. If a procurement determination results in a tie between a resident bidder and a nonresident bidder, preference is given to the resident bidder. A resident bidder is an individual, partnership, association, corporation or other business entity that is authorized to transact business in Kentucky and has, for one year prior to and through the date of advertisement of the contract for bidding, has filed Kentucky corporate income taxes, made payments to the Kentucky unemployment insurance fund, and maintained a Kentucky workers' compensation policy.


Kentucky Revised Statutes, §45A.494. Prior to a contract award to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder on a contract by a public agency, a Kentucky resident bidder is given a preference against a nonresident bidder registered in any state that gives or requires a preference to bidders from that state. The preference must be equal to the state of the nonresident bidder.