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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 17, 2014 05:05 PM
From: Senator Rob Teplitz
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation - Legislative COLA
 
In the near future, I will be re-introducing two pieces of legislation relating to legislative COLAs.



Document #1

Introduced as SB184

Description: The first bill that I will be re-introducing is Senate Bill 692 from last session.  This bill would eliminate the automatic annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for the state legislature and would instead provide for the salary adjustment to be effective for each legislator only at the beginning of each term. 
 
Because of the difference in lengths of terms between the Senate and the House, more work may need to be done on the precise language of this bill and the following bill.  Regardless, the principle that I am trying to honor is that a legislator’s salary on the first day or his/her term would be the salary for the duration of that specific term.
 
It is important that the General Assembly address this issue and avoid putting legislators who do not wish to receive this COLA in the awkward position of figuring out how to best handle the mid-term COLA each time it arises. 
 
Previous co-sponsors of SB 692 were Senators Blake, Farnese, Folmer, Vogel, Vulakovich, and Yudichak.
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this essential reform measure.
 
 

Document #2

Introduced as SB185

Description: The second bill that I will be re-introducing is Senate Bill 693 from last session.  This bill would amend Article II, Section 8 of the state constitution to make clear that no legislator shall receive any cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the middle of his/her term of office. 
 
Previous co-sponsors of SB 693 were Senators Folmer, Vogel, and Vulakovich.
 
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important reform measure.