Important Purchasing Legislation Update
The following legislation was passed by the 77th session of the Texas Legislature.
Electronic Receipt of Bids
Cities may now receive formal bids in an electronic format. By legislation, each government's ruling body must adopt rules to ensure the identification, security, and confidentiality of bids and proposals. By its very nature, this will be phased in depending upon each governmental entity.
Cities may now enter into Inter-local agreements with government entities in ANY state.
Governmental entities in Texas can procure good/services by utilizing the Reverse Auction method on the Internet.
Texas cities will be allowed to use alternative project delivery methods for certain projects: construction, rehabilitation, alteration, or repair of a facility. This includes use of design-build, construction manager, or job-order contracting.
Contract awards may now be made based on either the lowest responsible bidder or to the bidder who provides goods / services at the best value for the municipality. By law, best value takes into consideration the following factors: