WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) along with Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05) have introduced legislation they say will allow Illinois to "more effectively fight pay-to-play contracting in state highway construction projects."
The State Ethics Law Protection Act (SELPA) will "prohibit the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from withholding federal funds from states that have enacted anti-pay-to-play laws."
SELPA "clarifies" what would seem obvious to most citizens -- that anti pay-to-play laws are "consistent with federal contracting requirements, ensuring projects are chosen based on merit rather than political connections and favors."
"This bipartisan measure shows Congress' support for state efforts to eliminate pay-to-play politics within our public transportation projects," said Kirk. "My hope is our bill will help return good governance and integrity to our state."