CREATING THE LEGISLATIVE DATA PROCESSING COMMITTEE
                 Act of Dec. 10, 1968, P.L. 1158, No. 365             Cl. 46
                                  AN ACT

     Creating and establishing the Legislative Data Processing
        Committee: providing for its membership; prescribing its
        powers, functions and duties; and making an appropriation.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  (a)  There is hereby created the Legislative Data
     Processing Committee which shall consist of two senators
     appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, two
     senators appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate, two
     representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of
     Representatives and two representatives appointed by the
     Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. In addition to
     the members set forth herein, the Secretary of the Senate and
     the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives shall serve
     as nonvoting members of the committee. Members of the committee
     shall serve during each regular session of the General Assembly,
     and shall continue as members until the first Tuesday in January
     of the next odd-numbered year and until their respective
     successors shall qualify, provided they continue to be members
     of the Senate or the House of Representatives. The committee has
     a continuing existence and may meet and conduct its business at
     any place within the Commonwealth during the sessions of
     Legislature or any recess thereof and in the interim between
     sessions.
        (b)  Six members of the committee shall constitute a quorum
     and an affirmative vote of five members of the committee shall
     be necessary to pass on any matter requiring committee action.
        (c)  Nothing in this act or in any rules and regulations
     promulgated by the committee shall prohibit a member of the
     committee from participating in a meeting, executive session,
     deliberations or any other activity via telephone or other
     electronic medium.
        (d)  The committee shall adopt rules allowing for and
     governing the use of proxies by members of the committee, except
     that proxies may not be used to establish a quorum.
        (1 amended July 5, 2005, P.L.52, No.17)
        Section 2.  The committee shall have the following powers and
     duties:
        (1)  To establish and operate a legislative data processing
     center incorporating a system or systems which will be capable
     of storing and retrieving all of the financial, factual,
     procedural and legal information necessary to serve all of the
     committees, officers and agencies of the General Assembly.
        (1.1)  With the approval of the Senate Committee on
     Management Operations and the Bi-partisan Management Committee
     of the House of Representatives, to provide access to public
     legislative information within the computer information systems
     operated by the committee to persons outside the General
     Assembly as the committee deems appropriate. Such access will be
     provided in the manner approved by the committee, the Senate
     Committee on Management Operations and the Bi-partisan
     Management Committee of the House of Representatives. No
     information residing in the computer information systems
     operated by the committee shall be released or disseminated by
     the committee or its employes to persons outside the General
     Assembly without the approval of:
        (i)  The Senate Committee on Management Operations if the
     document or information was originated, prepared, generated or
     maintained in whole or in part by the Senate.
        (ii)  The Bi-partisan Management Committee of the House of
     Representatives if the document or information was originated,
     prepared, generated or maintained in whole or in part by the
     House of Representatives.
        (1.2)  Notwithstanding paragraph (1.1), to provide access to
     information relating to bills, legislative histories and session
     calendars to the Governor's Office, the Office of Attorney
     General, the Auditor General, the State Treasurer, the heads of
     other departments and such other offices within State government
     as the committee, with the approval of the Senate Committee on
     Management Operations and the Bi-partisan Management Committee
     of the House of Representatives, shall determine.
        (2)  To appoint and employ an executive director, who shall
     be the chief executive officer of the committee, and such other
     personnel as the committee may deem necessary in the performance
     of its duties and to fix the compensation of such executive
     director and other personnel.
        (3)  To enter into contracts for the services of such
     professional, expert or technical services as the committee may
     deem necessary in the performance of its duties.
        (4)  To purchase or rent such equipment and supplies as the
     committee may deem necessary in the performance of its duties.
        (5)  To select its own chairman, vice-chairman and such other
     officers as the committee may deem necessary in the performance
     of its duties.
        (6)  To make such rules and regulations as the committee may
     deem necessary to properly carry out the purpose of the most
     efficient use of a legislative data processing system.
        (2 amended May 7, 1998, P.L.352, No.55)
        Section 3.  The executive director shall perform such duties
     as shall be assigned to him by the Legislative Data Processing
     Committee and shall have the following qualifications to be
     eligible for appointment:
        (1)  A master's degree in mathematics, physics, computer
     technology or some related field of study from an accredited
     institution of higher learning; or
        (2)  A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of
     higher learning and, in addition thereto, at least three years
     practical experience in computer technology; or
        (3)  At least five years practical experience in computer
     technology of which at least two years must have included
     administrative and technical responsibility for developing and
     implementing a computer oriented data processing system; or
        (4)  At least three years practical experience in developing
     computer data processing systems, and any partial combination of
     the foregoing experience qualifications which in the committee's
     judgment will result in the selection of an executive director
     capable of performing the duties prescribed in this legislation.
        Section 4.  No person designated by the committee as a
     professional employe, including the executive director, shall be
     a member of or delegate or alternate to any political
     convention, nor shall he participate at any such convention,
     except in the performance of his official duty or as a visitor,
     nor shall he serve as a member of any committee of any political
     party, or take an active part in political management or in
     political campaigns, or use his office or position to influence
     political movements or to influence the political action of any
     officer or employe in the classified service, nor shall he
     circulate or seek signatures to any nominations or other
     petition required by any primary or election law, nor shall he
     seek or accept election, nomination or appointment as an officer
     of a political club or organization, or serve as a member of a
     committee of any such club or organization, nor shall he in any
     manner participate in or interfere with the conduct of any
     election or the preparation therefor at the polling place or
     with the election officers while counting the votes or returning
     the election material to the place provided by law for that
     purpose, save only for the purpose of making and depositing his
     own ballot as speedily as it reasonably can be done, nor shall
     he be within the polling place or within fifty feet thereof,
     except for the purpose of carrying out official duties and of
     ordinary travel or residence during the period of time beginning
     with one hour preceding the opening of the polls for holding
     such election and ending with the time when the election
     officers shall have finished counting the votes and have left
     the polling place for the purpose of depositing the election
     material in the place provided by law for that purpose:
     Provided, however, That the rights of any individual as a
     citizen are not impaired hereby, and the prerogative to attend
     meetings, to hear or see any candidate or nominee, or to express
     one's individual opinion, shall remain inviolate.
        Section 5.  The members of the committee shall serve without
     compensation but shall be reimbursed for their expenses incurred
     while attending sessions of the committee or meetings of any
     subcommittee of the committee, or while engaged on other
     committee business authorized by the committee, and in going to
     and coming from meetings of the committee or its subcommittees
     or for travel and other committee business when authorized by
     the committee.
        Section 6.  The unexpended and unencumbered balance of the
     appropriation of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), to the
     Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of
     the Senate jointly by the act of March 13, 1967 (Act No. 7-A),
     for the establishment and operation of a legislative data
     processing center is hereby appropriated to the Legislative Data
     Processing Committee for the same purposes.
        Section 7.  This act shall take effect immediately.