Bill to modernize bidding clears Senate

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho to update and streamline the electronic bidding process for public works projects of significant value passed the New Jersey Senate.

The “Electronic Bidding Construction Act” applies to entities subject to the “Public School Contracts Law,” the “State College Contracts Law,” and the “Local Public Contracts Law.”

“Our state contracting agencies must better utilize 21st century technology to increase competitiveness, enhance accountability, and lower risk,” Oroho said. “Electronic procurement has proven to cut time and costs. Updating our e-procurement process will help our local Boards of Education streamline the bidding process and save the taxpayers of New Jersey money.”

Oroho’s bill known as the “Electronic Bidding Construction Act,” would require public contracting agencies contracting for public works projects to use electronic procurement technologies on public works construction projects when the project’s value is over $5 million.

The legislation would also require the State Treasurer to publicize regulations to accomplish the electronic procurement of public works as required by the bill. The regulations must set forth all step the treasurer deems appropriate to be taken by each public contracting unit when a public works project’s value exceeds $5,000,000.

The regulations must also create a method to be followed by a public contracting unit for the awarding of a contract for the administration of the electronic procurement process, and all aspects of electronic procurement.

“Modernizing the way in which New Jersey government does business will reduce inefficiencies and save taxpayers money,” Oroho said. “This will lead to more public works projects being completed in a cost-conscious and time-saving manner. Enacting this legislation will be a win-win for government-to-business purchasing.”

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