Governor Signs Dunbar’s Online Property Auctions, Jury Commissioner Elimination Legislation

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to permit the sale of county personal property and surplus farm products through electronic online auctions was signed into law by the governor yesterday.


“House Bill 1644 is commonsense legislation that will allow our local counties to be just as competitive and cost efficient as any other business or nonprofit organization that currently has the ability to participate in or conduct an online auction,” said Dunbar.   “Ultimately, these benefits should translate into greater savings for Pennsylvania taxpayers at the local level.

In these tough economic times when budgets are stretched to the limit, this will be a valuable tool for local counties to improve their economic condition, and achieve increased fiscal flexibility as well.”


In an effort to streamline government and reduce duplication, House Bill 1644 will also allow county commissioners to eliminate the costly position of jury commissioner in many of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties—an estimated cost savings of $1.4. million annually.  Effective immediately, county commissioners now have the option of holding a vote to abolish the office in their respective counties.


Officially taking effect on Feb. 15, 2012, Dunbar said his bill’s electronic online auction allowance will establish requirements so that the process is open and transparent to both the public and prospective bidders and that counties are ensured of the best return.  


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State Representative George Dunbar
56th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Ty McCauslin

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