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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 6, 2022 11:52 AM
From: Representative Brad Roae
To: All House members
Subject: Abolish Practice of Providing State Paid or Leased Vehicles to Legislators
 
I will soon be introducing legislation that would change the law to ban legislators from getting state cars.  
 
Near the end of the last session, we passed a Resolution based on my House Resolution 24 changing the House Rule to ban Representatives from getting state cars. 
 
As you know, our House Rules only apply to our chamber and do not apply to the Senate, so they can still get state cars.  

It is hypothetically possible that on Swearing In Day, or some future day, we could change the House Rules back to allow Representatives to once again to get state cars.  

For those reasons, I want to continue to pursue changing the actual law to ban legislators in both chambers from getting state cars.   
 
Negligent entrustment is a very serious legal situation.  An example is when an employer knows that an employee has a bad driving record with things such as DUI, at fault crashes, or numerous tickets and allows them to have 24/7 use of an employer provided vehicle regardless.   
 
We previously had a House Member who crashed their state car three times.  The last crash involved driving on a suspended license and fleeing the scene of the crash.  Another legislator had a history of three DUIs and still had a state car.  It is hard to calculate the cost of lawsuit damages the state would have to pay if there were a serious injury or death caused by a legislator with a bad driving record driving a state car.   

PennDOT and the State Police need state vehicles to perform their jobs, but legislators don’t need state cars to haul their briefcases.   
 
I would greatly appreciate your co-sponsorship of this legislation.
 
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Introduced as HB66