PRINTER'S NO. 1139

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE BILL

No. 976 Session of 2007


        INTRODUCED BY BENNINGTON, GEORGE, READSHAW, DePASQUALE, BOYD,
           CALTAGIRONE, FREEMAN, HORNAMAN, PETRONE, PAYNE, McCALL,
           MARKOSEK, COX, GEIST, JOSEPHS, YOUNGBLOOD, SHAPIRO,
           VULAKOVICH, R. STEVENSON, SCAVELLO, R. TAYLOR, WALKO, WAGNER,
           SIPTROTH, PALLONE, MAHER, SONNEY, ROSS, STURLA AND KORTZ,
           MARCH 29, 2007

        REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON RULES, MARCH 29, 2007

                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending the act of December 10, 1968 (P.L.1158, No.365),
     2     entitled "An act creating and establishing the Legislative
     3     Data Processing Committee: providing for its membership;
     4     prescribing its powers, functions and duties; and making an
     5     appropriation," directing the committee to provide limited
     6     public access to statutes in computer information systems.

     7     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     8  hereby enacts as follows:
     9     Section 1.  Section 2(1.2) of the act of December 10, 1968
    10  (P.L.1158, No.365), entitled "An act creating and establishing
    11  the Legislative Data Processing Committee: providing for its
    12  membership; prescribing its powers, functions and duties; and
    13  making an appropriation," amended May 7, 1998 (P.L.352, No.55),
    14  is amended to read:
    15     Section 2.  The committee shall have the following powers and
    16  duties:
    17     * * *
    18     (1.2)  Notwithstanding paragraph (1.1), to [provide]:

     1     (i)  Provide access to information relating to bills,
     2  legislative histories and session calendars to the Governor's
     3  Office, the Office of Attorney General, the Auditor General, the
     4  State Treasurer, the heads of other departments and such other
     5  offices within State government as the committee, with the
     6  approval of the Senate Committee on Management Operations and
     7  the Bi-partisan Management Committee of the House of
     8  Representatives, shall determine.
     9     (ii)  Provide open web-based access for the public to the
    10  statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania residing in its
    11  computer information systems.
    12     * * *
    13     Section 2.  Public access to the statutes of the Commonwealth
    14  of Pennsylvania shall be available on and after January 1, 2008.
    15     Section 3.  This act shall take effect immediately.










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