Wolf to ban no-bid contracts with outside lawyers

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf plans to ban no-bid contracts with private law firms and make the hiring of outside counsel by state agencies more transparent.

Spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan says Wolf will issue an executive order implementing the new policy. Sheridan says there are many lawyers on the state payroll already and using their expertise will save state taxpayers’ money.

Wolf promised during his campaign that he would ban what he called “crony contracts” with outside law firms.

He also said he would impose new competitive bidding requirements in which the Office of General Counsel must issue written justification, including evidence that the office lacks the legal or financial resources to pursue action on its own and a detailed estimate of the time and labor that would be required.

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