FRANKFORT — Ky. Rep. Dennis Horlander is supposed to act as a watchdog over state government contracts, but a records review by The Courier-Journal found that he has never asked for a review of a single contract.
Despite that, the Louisville Democrat has been paid extra for his role as co-chair of the General Assembly's Government Contract Review Committee over the past four years.
The newspaper reported this month that Horlander's salary of $46,302 was 30 percent higher than that of the next highest rank-and-file member.
In a written statement, Horlander said his main role with the committee is to oversee staff, help committee members get information and encourage new members to request contract reviews.
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"If anyone knows of any contracts that should be pulled but haven't, I would be more than happy to have our committee review it," his statement reads.
Horlander's co-chairman on the committee, Sen. Vernie McGaha, pulled some 600 contracts for review over the same four-year period.
The Russell Springs Republican declined to comment on Horlander's work.
"Speaking for myself, I looked over the lists of contracts, and if I saw what looked like an inconsistency or suspected monies were being used in a questionable way, I felt it was my responsibility to review it to get an explanation, at least," McGaha said.
Horlander worked 140 days while the General Assembly was not in session last year; records show that at least 72 of them were for conferences that required authorization from House Speaker Greg Stumbo.