Section 25 of Chapter 7 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following section:
The state purchasing agent shall give preference, as far as may be practicable and to the extent permitted by the General Laws, federal law, and federal treaty, to products or services manufactured or produced in the United States. Provided, however, that in giving such preference no sacrifice or loss in price or quality shall be permitted; and provided further, that preference in all cases shall be given to surplus products or articles produced and manufactured by other departments, institutions, or agencies of the commonwealth which are available for distribution.
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