Sen. Jones aims to give Michigan companies a fair shot

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones has introduced legislation to ensure that Michigan companies receive an equal playing field when involved in a procurement process.

“This is about keeping Michigan strong and giving our companies a fair chance,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We cannot give other countries a leg up and allow them to abuse our FOIA system to harm Michigan businesses.”

Senate Bill 69 would exempt a bid, quote or proposal involved in a procurement process from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) until the final notification that the contract is awarded. This would prohibit a company from being able to see other bids before a final decision is made.

“Recently, a Canadian salt company was able to FOIA the bids of other competitors in an effort to underbid everyone else and win the contract,” Jones said. “Michigan businesses, including the Detroit Salt Company, have continued to be underbid by Canadian companies cheating the system, and it needs to stop.”

SB 69 has been referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee for consideration.