Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bipartisan AZ anti-fraud bill 2595 deserves to pass

US false claims act started with Lincoln, in response to fraud in supplying civil war soldiers. in the 1980s, Reagan supported strengthening the law.

PHOENIX -- A proposed false claims act for Arizona, HB2595, has strong bipartisan support, with 17 diverse sponsors from me to Rep. Sam Crump, and Sens. Linda Lopez to Ron Gould.

The anti-fraud false claims act is the single most important tool taxpayers have to recover the billions of dollars stolen through fraud by government contractors every year.

For fiscal responsibility and open government accountability, Arizona should join the US and 22 other states with false claims acts.

This timely bill has strong merit, and I urge my colleagues in the Arizona legislature to support it.

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