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RE: Bidding ethics

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It was stated that:

>Unless your client is a government entity, he/she is not required to
accept 
the "lowest responsible bid," and can, in fact, accept the high bid if that

is what they want.<

An article in the March 2000 edition of Civil Engineering noted that
"According to the missouri Court of Appeals, a city had the discretion to
award a project contract to the second-lowest bidder."

Apparentlythere are some situations where the lowest bidder need not be
selected on public works projects.

Does anybody know the specific provision in the California laws or
regulations that requires public works projects to be selected based on
lowest price?

Mark Gilligan