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Bill would favor Georgia automakers in state purchasing process

Gov. Nathan Deal is backing legislation that would allow state agencies to buy cars made in Georgia without going through a competitive bid process.

House Bill 259 was introduced Tuesday by several of Deal's top allies in the state Legislature. It would let state purchasing agents skirt the bidding process if they're buying “light duty” cars that are constructed or assembled within the state.

Kia Motors is Georgia's only major auto manufacturer, and thousands of employees work at its West Point-based plant and a string of nearby suppliers. But it could soon have company.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that Deal was trying to recruit British auto giant Jaguar Land Rover to build a new manufacturing plant in Georgia.

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