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Pa. House passes bill aimed at 'pay-to-play' politics

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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.

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