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Select Committee to Investigate State Contract Practice (HR 98), 1973-1974

 Collection
Identifier: SS1973_03

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the record of the Select Committee to Investigate State Contract Practice, 1973-1974 Session, Republicans in Majority. Chairs Patrick Gleason (R) serving with Vice Chair Harry Comer (D).

This committee initiated a wide-spread investigation of state contracts over several counties, including but not limited to Westmoreland, Greene, Mercer, Monroe, Indiana, Cambria, Montour, Montgomery, Lycoming, Chester and Blair Counties. Parties involved included the Highway Department, Franks C. Hilton, Department of Property and Supply and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT). Several testimonies from lessors, business owners, party campaign workers and government employees were recorded and multiple subpoenas were issued.In their final report, the committee concluded that there was "widespread and systematic abuses in the Department of Transportation, General State Authority and the Department of Property and Supplies." In response to their findings, the committee members recommended further investigation, a change in the office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania from an appointed to an elected position, creation of an Independent Commission, fillings with the Bureau of Election by legislative mandate, the abolition of the General State Authority and the replacement of it by the Department of Building and Construction and assimilation of PENNDOT employee into the civil service system.

This committee also includes the only records in our collection from several other committees that were collected as part of its investigation. These include Bipartisan Committee to Review Problems and Costs Involved in Operating the Pennsylvania Turnpike (H.R. 84), 1971-1972, Consumer Protection Committee, 1973-1974, and Select Commitee to Review Insurance Regulation (HR 120), 1973-1974.

Dates

  • 1973-1974

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This Collection is open for Research

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Biographical or Historical Information

Created by House Resolution 98, which passed on June 11, 1973, this committee was created to investigate "State Agencies involved in purchasing, leasing construction and disposal of commonwealth property, services and supplies in the House of Representatives. This committee was bipartisan, and consisted of 4 members from the majority Republican party and 3 members from the minority Democratic party. Members were appointed by the speaker. The committee investigated contracts and political contributions from the Department of Property and Supplies, Department of Highways, PENNDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation), Leasers, various Government Employees and other Auto Industries. The committee submitted a final report on November 27, 1974. They concluded that there was "widespread and systematic abuses in the Department of Transportation, General State Authority and the Department of Property and Supplies." In response to their findings, the committee members recommended further investigation, a change in the office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania from an appointed to an elected position, creation of an Independent Commission, fillings with the Bureau of Election by legislative mandate, the abolition of the General State Authority and the replacement of it by the Department of Building and Construction and assimilation of PENNDOT employee into the civil service system.

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Extent

27.50 Cubic Feet

Language

English

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into seventeen series. 1. Committee Record. 2. Committee Record Information Collected 3. Contracts by Department 4. Contributions 5. Evidence 6. Exhibits 7. Final Report and its Appendices 8. Governor Shapp Files 9.Herminie Auto Parts 10. PENNDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) Contracts 11. PENNDOT Directories and Manuals 12. PENNDOT Division of Investigation Investigative Files 13. Reel Tapes 14. Rockwood and Gulf Insurance Companies, Policy Files 15. Subject Files 16. Subpoenas 17. Turnpike Files

Custodial History

Select Committee to Investigate State Contract Practice to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives

Method of Acquisition

Pursuant to House Rule 45 of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (titled “Powers and Duties of Standing Committees and Subcommittees”) governing the management and disposition of historically valuable committee material, the secretary of the committee must record the attendance of Members and any votes taken, the minutes of the meeting and records, bills, and other papers in the possession of committees and subcommittees which must be submitted to the Chief Clerk at the end of every two year legislative session for permanent archival storage.

Title
Select Committee to Investigate State Contract Practice (HR 98), 1973-1974
Author
ESK
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives Repository

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