Spotlight On Your State: Maryland


International trade agreements can bind state policies to restrictive government procurement rules.

On December 12, 2003, Gov. Ehrlich bound Maryland to CAFTA's restrictive procurement rules. However, on April 11, 2005, the Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation over the Governor's veto that revoked the approvals given by Maryland governors to bind the state to the procurement rules of existing and future trade agreements (such as CAFTA and the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement). It also required that any future requests to bind the state must be approved by the legislature.


Under the WTO GATS state policies can be bound to international rules on service-sectors