Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Rick Jones (R-24), to ensure that all companies compete on an equal playing field when bidding for a public contract with the State of Michigan.
Senate Bill 69, now Public Act 21 of 2017, exempts a bid, quote, or proposal involved in a procurement process from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), until the final notification is received that the contract has been awarded.
“Before this change, vendors could unfairly use FOIA to find out how much money the state can spend on a particular project and also look at bids from their competitors before a final decision has been made,” said Senator Jones. The new act also exempts trade secrets and financial or proprietary information from FOIA. Jones said that many businesses are refusing to participate in the procurement process in Michigan because they fear that their trade secrets or financial information will be compromised.