AUGUSTA — A bill before a Maine legislative committee has led to an agreement that snips red tape for businesses that want to bid on state contracts.

The State and Local Government Committee has unanimously accepted a report that puts the process in force.

The new system enables contractors to prequalify for contracts issued by the state Bureau of General Services. The same system is already in place for the Department of Transportation, which allows prequalification for a three-year period.

Rep. David Cotta, a China Republican who co-chairs the State and Local Government Committee, says the change will bring significant relief to Maine contractors.

Stacy Morrison of Augusta-based Ganneston Construction agrees that the change will streamline the process.

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