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F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Reports evaluated and recommendations prepared by the state which concern bids (for the purchase of real or personal property as set forth in Iowa Code §  22.7(7) are closed until accepted. 79 Op. Att'y Gen. 19, 21 (March 9, 1979).

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Contracts are public record; bids are public after the contract is awarded.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Information relating to ferry and highway construction, and railroad and export services bids may be withheld, although summaries of railroad contracts are open. RCW 42.56.270.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

The following are exempt from disclosure: plans, designs, drawings or specifications which are the property of a private person (K.S.A. 45-221(a)(18)); specifications for competitive bidding (K.S.A. 45-221(a)(27)); sealed bids and related documents (K.S.A. 45-221(a)(28)); the bidder's list of contractors (K.S.A. 45-221(a)(32)); and engineering and architectural estimates made by or for any public agency relative to public improvements (K.S.A. 45-221(a)(33)).

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

An agency may deny access to records or portions thereof if disclosure would impair present or imminent contract awards. N.Y. Pub. Off. Law §  87(2)(c) (McKinney 1988).

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Public contracts are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act and, in 4-H Road Community Association v. WVU Foundation, supra, the Supreme Court observed that leases between West Virginia University and other parties were public documents subject to disclosure by the University under the FOIA.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Documents relating to the award of public contracts in Alabama — whether by the state, county, municipality or a public corporation, and whether the contracts are required to be bid or not — are open to public inspection. See, e.g., Ala. Code § 9-15-78(a) (2001) (sale or lease of public lands); Ala. Code §  9-14-22(b) (2001) (all documents pertaining to award of contracts for concessions at state parks); and Ala. Code §§ 41-16-24(b), -54(b), -57(d) (Supp. 2010); 200 Op. Att'y Gen. Ala. 23 (Aug. 19, 1985) (Medicaid fiscal agent contract); 227 Op. Att'y Gen. Ala.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Material, correspondence and transactions relating to bidding on a contract with a public agency are open to public inspection once the bids are open. See 92-32; 84-254.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

The competitive bidding statute, G.S. § 143-52, provides that every bid or proposal which is submitted to the state and which "conforms to the terms of the invitation" shall become a matter of public record and shall, following the award of the contract, "be open to public inspection." However, "trade secrets, test data and similar proprietary information" included in a bid or proposal may remain confidential.

F. Contracts, proposals and bids.

Contracts, proposals and bids may be closed for so long as competitive or bargaining reasons require. Cf. Wis. Stat. § 19.85(1)(e), § 19.35(1)(a).