Dunbar Measure to Terminate Pay-to-Play State Contract Favoritism Unanimously Advances to Senate for Second Time

HARRISBURG – For the second time in less than three years, legislation sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to end the practice of pay-to-play politics in the state contracting procurement process was unanimously adopted by the Pennsylvania House today.

“Just like my legislation which unanimously passed the House last session, the purpose of House Bill 201 is to prevent anyone from coming to work for state government and rewarding their former boss with a multi-million dollar contract paid for by you, the taxpayer — strictly on the basis of political favoritism,” said Dunbar, a certified public accountant, businessman and former Penn Township commissioner.  “Put simply, this legislation would bring a long overdue end to this blatant, unethical conflict of interest where backroom, pay-to-play politics generates countless overpriced and uncompetitive state contracts.”

House Bill 201 would strictly prohibit any state employee from evaluating any state contract proposal submitted by a former employer, less than two years following the date of the state employee’s separation with the employer.    The legislation is designed to limit the undue influence that a former employer could have on a state employee who is in the position of making contract decisions.

Frequent use of settlement agreements instead of contracts; a no-bid legal contingency fee contract with a Texas law firm; legal service contracts, revisions and extensions with Ballard Spahr and Deloitte LLP; and the extension of a Unisys contract are just some of the highly questionable procurement activities by the Rendell administration that triggered the reintroduction of Dunbar’s reform legislation.

“This legislation is a direct answer to more than a decade of ongoing allegations concerning back-door, pay-to-play politics from Pennsylvania taxpayers and job creators who have legitimately questioned the integrity regarding the slew of multi-million dollar, no-bid state contracts entered into by the Rendell administration,” said Dunbar.   “House Bill 201 is specifically aimed at making the entire state contracting process more accountable, saving taxpayer dollars and making the activities of the executive branch absolutely transparent.”

House Bill 201 now advances on to the state Senate for consideration.  For the latest legislative updates, visit RepDunbar.com or Facebook.com/RepDunbar.

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