The Lansing city council approved an ordinance that gives minority and female business owners more opportunity when it comes to landing city contracts.
The move hopes to boost the number of bids on city contracts in the hopes minority owners can share in Lansing's spending.
City officials believe more money going to female or minority business owners would better represent the overall population.
Critics say race or gender shouldn't matter in selecting a contract, only price and quality of service should.
Council members say price and service will still be primary factors, but that more bids will lead to more healthy business competition.