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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Friday, August 04, 2017

Reynolds Files HB 134 to Expand Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program began in 1991 to increase minority and women-owned business participation in state procurement and contracting from which such businesses had often experienced difficulty becoming involved. Although there have been many inroads made by Historically Underutilized Businesses over the last two decades, the percentage of contracts that they receive is unsatisfactory.

I am proud to have filed of HB 134, this legislation will provide more opportunities for HUB's to participate in the Texas procurement process and ensure they receive a fair share of state business. The bill will create preference for in state contractors to help promote economic growth in Texas, and implement a vendor rotation to expand utilization of underutilized HUB groups.

HB 134 also creates a joint venture policy for large projects which will result in millions of dollars in contract awards to female and minority firms. Additionally, this legislation adds attorney services to the list of qualifying professional services within the HUB program.

My democratic colleagues and I are focused on Real Solutions for All Texans. We need to be looking at good policies that will expand and strengthen our economy, and provide economic prospects for business owners. The Governor needs to stop promoting discriminatory policies that are detrimental to our economy.      

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Representative Reynolds currently serves on the House Committee on Elections and the ranking member of the Environmental Regulations Committee.

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