Economic Liberties Applauds Pennsylvania House for Passing Key Antitrust Bill

July 2, 2024 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — In response to news that Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed the Pennsylvania Open Markets Act – which would create both a state antitrust statute and a health care merger notification standard – in a bipartisan 112-89 vote, the American Economic Liberties Project released the following statement.

“Passing this overdue antitrust bill is a big win for Pennsylvanians, demonstrating the Pennsylvania House’s commitment to protecting working families from dominant corporations,” said Pat Garofalo, Director of State and Local Policy at the American Economic Liberties Project. “Pennsylvania is in desperate need of its own state-level antitrust law and a standard to keep track of health care mergers. This bill creates both, empowering enforcers to crack down on big corporations, rein in out of control health care consolidation, and protect workers and patients from abusive, anti-competitive practices. We’re grateful for Rep. Nick Pisciottano’s leadership and urge the Senate pass this bill without delay.”

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The American Economic Liberties Project works to ensure America’s system of commerce is structured to advance, rather than undermine, economic liberty, fair commerce, and a secure, inclusive democracy. Economic Liberties believes true economic liberty means entrepreneurs and businesses large and small succeed on the merits of their ideas and hard work; commerce empowers consumers, workers, farmers, and engineers instead of subjecting them to discrimination and abuse from financiers and monopolists; foreign trade arrangements support domestic security and democracy; and wealth is broadly distributed to support equitable political power.