Thursday, May 06, 2010

Yuma legislator boosts transparency in government

BY STEPHANIE A. WILKEN - SUN STAFF WRITER
2010-05-05 21:31:21
A local elected official has helped pass legislation to make it a little easier to provide transparency in government.

Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma, sponsored House Bill 2707 this past legislative session. The bill requires tow truck companies to disclose their ownership while applying for contracts with the Department of Public Safety for towing and storing vehicles.

"It just brings some transparency into the process," she said. "I see all these legislators who try to fix things that I don't think are broken."

It's a bill, Pancrazi said, that is the direct result of working with a constituent on a problem.

While working with the constituent, Pancrazi learned that if an owner of a tow truck business owns several different businesses, that one owner was previously only required to provide the employee ID number, or EID.

And many times, she said, the same tow truck owners would be hired for government contracts.

With the bill, which Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law at the end of this session, each bidder will be required to provide the business owner and the business name.

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