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Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation Cutting Red Tape for Women-, Minority-, and Veteran-owned Businesses

Woman with Open Sign

Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published May 5, 2023

Governor Brian P. Kemp, accompanied by First Lady Marty Kemp, Rep. Soo Hong, Sen. Mike Hodges, local and state leaders, and representatives from the state’s business community, signed House Bill 128 into law today at a ceremony in Augusta.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Soo Hong and co-sponsored by Representatives Steven Sainz, Josh Bonner, Reynaldo Martinez, Al Williams, and David Huddleston and carried in the Senate by Senator Mike Hodges, received overwhelming, bipartisan support in both chambers of the General Assembly.

HB 128 is a product of the Governor’s executive order issued on July 13, 2022, which directed the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) to address challenges that small businesses’ experience in the state procurement process, with a particular focus on minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.

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