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Real Property & Development Review

Washington’s New Bid Preference Law

Posted in Construction

Mike Purdy summarizes here Washington’s new bid preference law (copy at this link).  The law does not adopt a straightforward preference for Washington contractors, but instead creates a “reciprocity” scheme:  Nonresident contractors bidding on applicable Washington public works projects will be subject to a “comparable percentage disadvantage” if they are from a state that applies a percentage bidding preference to their own resident contractors.   The new law is formally effective July 22, 2011 but actual implementation will wait until the General Administration adopts new reciprocity regulations.