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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 30, 2017 01:34 PM
From: Representative Christopher M. Rabb and Rep. Russ Diamond
To: All House members
Subject: Special Election Reform - Fines for Certain Resignations
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation which will amend the Pennsylvania Election Code (P.L.1333, No.320) in order to impose fines for certain legislative resignations and establish the Special Election Fund.

Specifically, this proposal will require a senator or representative in the Pennsylvania General Assembly who is guilty of a felony and resigns from office to pay a fine of $100,000. All fines collected under this provision will be placed in a restricted account for the purpose of reimbursing county boards of elections for the costs associated with holding special elections and defraying administrative expenses incurred by the Department of State.

Taxpayers in this great Commonwealth should not be held solely responsible for the costs of special elections in these cases. It is time that we remedy this issue for our constituents and hold such members accountable for these costly elections. Your consideration is appreciated.

Introduced as HB1572