HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation aimed at making the state contracting process more accountable.
House Bill 201 would prohibit any state employee from
evaluating a contract proposal submitted by a former employer in the two years following the employee's separation with the former employer.
The measure is sponsored by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), who said it would help to end the practice of "pay-to-play" politics in the state.
"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," Dunbar said in a news release. "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."
The bill now advances on to the state Senate for consideration.