|Posted:||January 4, 2019 09:36 AM|
|From:||Representative Anthony M. DeLuca|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Adding Amount to Source of Outside Income Disclosure|
|In an effort to bring public trust back to elections and to make our government more accountable to the people and not special interests, I will be introducing legislation to require additional financial disclosure by elected officials and public employees. Specifically, the law would require individuals filing a statement of financial interest to list not only the source of any outside income, but also the amount.
Comprehensive financial disclosure of outside income helps public officials and employees avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest, and reassures the public that officials and employees are working for them, not for special interests or other outside groups in which they may have a financial interest.
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania's current system only requires individuals to list the sources of outside income on their statements of financial interests -- not amounts. This lack of disclosure creates cynicism and the perception that government is broken in Pennsylvania, and not responsive to the people.
My legislation would bring Pennsylvania in line with other states that require public officials and employees to report a ranged amount for their outside income, as well as the sources. These changes are overdue, and are a key component in returning control of politics and state government to the people of Pennsylvania.
Please join me in this legislative effort towards public trust through full disclosure.
Introduced as HB744