2003S0352-1 02/21/03

By:  Smith of Tarrant                                             H.B. No. 1288

relating to the awarding of contracts by municipalities. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subsection (b), Section 252.043, Local Government Code, is amended to read as follows: (b) In determining the best value for the municipality, the municipality may consider: (1) the purchase price; (2) the reputation of the bidder and of the bidder's goods or services; (3) the quality of the bidder's goods or services; (4) the extent to which the goods or services meet the municipality's needs; (5) the bidder's past relationship with the municipality; (6) the impact on the ability of the municipality to comply with laws, [and] rules, and programs relating to contracting with historically underutilized businesses, minority and women-owned businesses, and nonprofit organizations employing persons with disabilities; (7) the total long-term cost to the municipality to acquire the bidder's goods or services; and (8) any relevant criteria specifically listed in the request for bids or proposals. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2003.