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University of Baltimore Law Review

Abstract

Prior to 1981, there existed in Maryland a wide assortment of procurement laws, because virtually every state agency used different procedures to award procurement contracts. The passage of a Procurement Article, effective July 1, 1981, established a body of uniform procurement procedures for state agencies. This article examines past and present procurement practices in Maryland and provides suggestions to guide future modification of the Procurement Article. The author posits that by enacting the Procurement Article, the Maryland General Assembly enacted into positive law the important public policy of providing fair treatment for contractors who do business with the state. The policy of fair treatment benefits Maryland taxpayers and contractors and should remain the focus of procurement law in Maryland.

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