Companies that are based in Nebraska would have an advantage over those from out-of-state when bidding on state contracts, under a bill that’ll go before state lawmakers this year.
The measure is called the “Buy Nebraska Act,” and it’s being introduced by Senator Heath Mello of Omaha.
Mello says he crafted the bill after hearing from a local data entry firm.
It had lost out on a contract with the state Game and Parks Commission by less than $20. The deal went to a firm from out-of-state. He says the legislation is designed to keep jobs in Nebraska.
The state’s already awarding some $2-billion in contracts every year, though it’s unclear how much of that goes to out-of-state companies.
Mello says 46 other states have measures similar to the “Buy Nebraska” act.