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Senate Bill 108: A Boon for Small Businesses, Especially Black Contractors

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Senator Linda Coleman-Madison is a member of the Alabama State Senate, representing District 20 in Birmingham, Al. Senator Coleman-Madison sponsored **Senate Bill 108 (SB108) **, which was passed by the Alabama Senate on Thursday, April 6, 2023. The bill aims to double the size of government purchases that are not subject to the competitive bid process. The current cap is $15,000. This legislation would raise that to $30,000 and then raise it annually as the consumer price index increases ¹. The bill also increases various threshold dollar amounts for which competitive bidding is generally required and would authorize those dollar amounts to be further increased based on increases in the Consumer Price Index. Senate Bill 108, with its increased threshold dollar amounts for government contracts and annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), could benefit small businesses, particularly Black contractors, in Alabama. By raising the competitive bidding thresholds, the bill may provide these businesses with greater opportunities to participate in government contracts and compete on a more level playing field.

The BCA sends a heartfelt appreciation for your outstanding dedication and sponsorship of Senate Bill [108], a piece of legislation that holds immense significance for the Black Contractors community in the State of Alabama.

Your leadership and tireless efforts in shepherding this bill through the legislative process have not only demonstrated your unwavering commitment to our cause but have also showcased your vision for a more inclusive and prosperous Alabama. The bill’s provisions, aimed at building capacity for smaller business to include often underutilized Black businesses, hold the potential to bring about substantial positive change within our business community.

Your sponsorship of this bill sends a powerful message of support to Black contractors and businesses throughout the state. It reflects your deep understanding of the challenges we face and your determination to address them through meaningful policy changes. Your dedication and leadership are shining examples of what can be achieved when our elected officials prioritize the well-being and growth of all their constituents.

Once again, thank you for your invaluable sponsorship of this bill, Senator Coleman. We greatly appreciate your commitment to the betterment of Black businesses in Alabama, and we look forward to witnessing the positive effects of this legislation on our community. Bill goes into effect September 1, 2023.

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