While the Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Law (RTKL) generally provides that, after the conclusion of public bidding, all bids are potential public records subject to disclosure, this is not always the case in all public procurements. A recent decision of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Com. v. Walsh/Granite JV, made this point clear when the Court denied a RTKL request to obtain copies of the losing bids on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Public-Private Transportation Partnership Law (3P Law) project known as the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Read more
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PA Public Contracts provides legal commentary and insight on issues of public bidding and contracting in Pennsylvania, including topics ranging from the basics of public bidding, bid protests and challenges, to prompt payment rights and remedies, contract awards, and bid withdrawals, and including surety claims, release of retainage, and questions concerning the PA Prevailing Wage Act and the PA Steel Products Procurement Act.