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Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable.

Does Senate Bill 1329, goes too far, stripping away the necessary oversight of how public agencies award multi-million dollar contracts to private bidders and creating a situation in which backroom deals and corruption could more easily occur?

Specifically, they point to a provision that would remove a $10,000 cap on the bond that losing bidders in Hawaii pay if they want to appeal a protest decision. If Governer Ige signs the bill into law, they would instead submit a bond worth 1% of the contract value, with no cap.

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