|Posted:||May 26, 2021 01:06 PM|
|From:||Representative Bryan Cutler and Rep. Joe Kerwin, Rep. Brett R. Miller, Rep. Tracy Pennycuick, Rep. Joe Hamm, Rep. Dawn W. Keefer, Rep. Andrew Lewis, Rep. Craig Williams, Rep. Perry A. Stambaugh, Rep. Russ Diamond, Rep. Matthew D. Dowling, Rep. Brian Smith, Rep. Seth M. Grove|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Lobbying Disclosure Legislative Reform Package-Part 2|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will bring further openness, transparency and improved ethical standards to the lobbying industry in our Commonwealth.
In the nearly fifteen years since the enactment of The Lobbyist Disclosure Act (Act 134 of 2006), the lobbying community in Pennsylvania has seen significant growth. Despite this, there have been very few updates to the checks and balances originally enacted in Act 134.
Working in conjunction with President Pro Tempore Corman, this legislative package seeks to address three primary areas of reform: (1) providing openness and transparency, (2) limiting undue influence, and (3) ensuring ethical conduct.
Openness and Transparency:
Limiting Lobbyist Influence:
Introduced as HB1609
|Description:||Bill #7 (Dowling & Smith) Requires all registered lobbyists to complete a mandatory ethics training on an annual basis.
Introduced as HB1602
|Description:||Bill #8 (B. Miller) Requires lobbyists to specifically register with the Department of State any clients for which they seek state financial assistance or grant program.
Introduced as HB1604
|Description:||Bill #9 (Keefer) Prohibits lobbyists from collecting an inducement through a 3rd party affiliate upon a successful public taxpayer dollar-funded state grant program.
Introduced as HB1606
|Description:||Bill #10 (Grove) Implements recommendations made by the House Government Oversight Committee – including making lobbyists primary reporters, strengthening audit requirements and restructures the fees used to cover the expenses of the Department of State to administer the lobby disclosure law.
Introduced as HB1608
|Description:||Bill #11 (Stambaugh & Kerwin) Prohibits new employees of the General Assembly who were previously a registered lobbyist from being lobbied for one year after their registered lobby status expired.
Introduced as HR114
|Description:||Resolution (Cutler) Urging the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to reform their rules to promote openness, transparency and greater confidence in the integrity of the Judiciary, judicial employees and attorneys formerly employed by government entities.