Law360 - January 29, 2013
"Two New Jersey lawmakers on Monday proposed legislation that would require authorities including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to award contracts for professional services using a competitive bidding process.
Bill S2489, sponsored by state Sens. Shirley K. Turner, D-Mercer, and Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, would require a competitive bidding process for any professional service, including architecture, engineering and land surveying, with the winning contractors and their bids to be publicly announced. The bill would also affect contracts with the Delaware River Port Authority and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
Under current New Jersey law, professional services can be negotiated without public oversight, which some say can result in corruption.
“There has always been a feeling that at times, professional services have been going to the favorite son of a particular community as opposed to being open to the best bid,” John A. Greenhall, a partner at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman, said in an interview on Tuesday. “The more the public knows what’s going on, the less likely it is that there’s pay-for-play stuff going on.” '
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