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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 19, 2017 05:10 PM
From: Senator Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repeal of the Pennsylvania Separations Act
In 1913, Pennsylvania enacted the Separations Act on public construction projects, and to date, there have been no amendments to this mandate. To put 114 years ago into perspective, in 1913, the US did not have a Federal Income Tax, and the Titanic had just sank the year before. Consider how society has evolved in the past 114 years.

As Pennsylvania is one of the just three remaining states in the US that has a Separations Act, I will soon be introducing legislation to repeal the antiquated Separations Act in Pennsylvania. All private work has rejected the use, and the Commonwealth should not have to face such restraints on projects being paid for by taxpayer dollars.

Doing nothing forces school and public projects to continue using an outdated and archaic method of awarding separate construction contracts to multiple contractors, wasting precious time and Pennsylvania taxpayer moneys.

I encourage you to join me in allowing school and public construction projects to be brought into the current times, and out of 1913.

Introduced as SB744